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You told me your story without words

Seeking asylum,

You were new in my country.
Your lawyer brought you to see me.
In his suit, he was flustered.
He spoke to you in your language and motioned to me.
There, he seemed to say, she is a woman.
You can talk to her.
I made tea.

The three of us sat in donated chairs at a child size table.
He did the talking.
He told me the story of your day in court.
How you cried and could not answer the questions:
“What happened when you were interrogated for the second time?”
You could not say.
Listening on your little chair, you looked down at your hands.
You curled

Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture Orientation Group 4-Week Group Therapy Manual for Clinicians

This manual, developed by Nancy Murakami, LCSW,  Hawthorne Smith, PhD, Katherine Porterfield, PhD, Maile O'Hara, PhD, and Melba Sullivan, PhD of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture is based on PSOT’s short-term, supportive, psycho-educational group therapy model.  Called the Orientation Group, this model was developed to address the psychosocial and adaptational needs for a population of survivors of torture and severe war trauma presenting to a clinic in a metropolitan public hospital.

For more information on this Orientation Group, and how the model can be used by torture

Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture 1 - The Orientation Group: PSOT's Approach to Welcoming and Further Resourcing

With this webinar, the NCB Project began a series:  Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture.
Survivors of Torture programs across the US are creating and using innovative and effective techniques in providing treatment services through groups. In this series, we will feature three torture rehabilitation programs that are conducting group treatment, within Judith Herman's three-staged framework - as written about in her book, Trauma and Recovery.
The first session in this series took place on March 18th at 2:00 PM EDT and features Melba Sullivan of the Bellevue/NYU Program for



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