Advanced Clinicians

The Complex Care of a Torture Survivor in the United States: The Case of “Joshua.”

A new article published by Torture Journal, “The Complex Care of a Torture Survivor in the United States: The Case of “Joshua.”” was supported by the National Capacity Building (NCB) technical assistance project funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The authors argue that in order to effectively treat torture survivors, providers must understand and address multiple and complexly related factors. A Complex Care Approach (CCA), an adaptation of the Chronic Care Model, is presented and applied to a composite case of a former child soldier from Liberia who survived torture and is in the United States. The CCA includes five domains, including the Trauma Story, Bio-medical, Psychological, Social, and Spiritual domains.

CVT PATH Bibliography Q1 2020

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter of resources for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the areas of social work that relate directly to the psychological well-being of these populations. The bibliography includes peer-reviewed journal article citations in these areas; select original summaries of those articles; and links to the publicly available abstracts and full-text versions of these articles.

Narrative Exposure Therapy for Torture Survivors in Exile: Overview and Adaptations

This session presents a brief theoretical and practical overview of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), which has emerged in recent years as a promising evidence-based treatment for PTSD in torture survivors. The presentation will assume familiarity and skill with exposure treatments and is designed for psychotherapists.  The overview covers the theoretical background for NET, basic components of the method, and references for some of the current research supporting NET.

The Self-Trauma Model

PRESENTER: John Briere, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at LAC-USC Medical Center.

TOPIC: The self-trauma model – an integrated approach to trauma treatment, including trauma theory, cognitive, behavioral, and self-psychology. Special attention will be given to incorporation of mindfulness practice.

We suggest you read the following before watching this presentation:

  • A Summary of Self-Trauma Model Applications for Severe Trauma: Treating the Torture

Caring for Refugees and Survivors of Torture: Integrative Medicine, The Mind-Body Connection, and Internal Energy Arts

PRESENTER: Michael Grodin, MD – Professor of Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Bioethics, and Human Rights; Co-Founder, Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights; Medical Ethicist Boston Medical Center; Medical Acupuncturist

TOPIC: Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Qigong, Tai Chi, Acupuncture and more) into mental health treatment of torture survivors. This webinar is 90 minutes long, and contains both a presentation, and a discussion period.

This is the first in the Advanced Clinicians webinar series.

 

Suggested discussion questions

Do you anticipate applying CAM

Non-Manualized Relational Trauma-informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

PRESENTER: Mary Fabri, Psy.D. - Senior Director of Torture Treatment Services and International Training at the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center; Mary has conducted training recently in Rwanda, Ethiopia and Iraqi Kurdistan

TOPIC: Implementation of a relational, non-manualized approach to Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Mary has developed and trained with this model in Rwanda.

We suggest that before watching the presentation, you read the article: Learning the Connection Between Thoughts‐Feelings‐Behaviors (attached)

 

Suggested discussion questions

How do you

"Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN"

An article at the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Session Daily, “Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN,” quotes CVT’s Peter Dross, director of external relations, and Alison Beckman, senior clinician for external relations, and describes

Ann Marie Willhoite

Ann Marie Willhoite, MA Counseling Psychology

International Clinical Advisor, The Center for Victims of Torture

Ms. Willhoite has worked for the past couple years as an international clinical advisor for mental health in CVT’s International Services programs, where she oversees capacity building of mental health services for torture treatment centers around the world, provides clinical supervision for embedded psychologists, and works on global mental health advocacy in Washington. Previously, Ms.

Deborah Boehm

Deborah Boehm, RN, CNP, MPH, is Nurse Practitioner at the Hennepin County Medical Center. Primary care provider Boehm has 30 years of experience with culturally diverse populations in both Minnesota and California. Her practical approach to the delivery of health care adapts western allopathic methods to the needs of specific populations, especially by addressing individual needs within the context of family and community. She has published on HIV/AIDS in women and has produced videos on approaches to domestic violence in the Somali community.

Ed Cohen, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Social Work at San Jose State University

Dr. Coghen is a frequent consultant with the National Capacity Building Project of the Center for Victims of Torture on the subject of evaluation. Dr. Cohen received his M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught research methods (UC Berkeley) courses in managed care (UC Davis) and has provided training to mental health agencies in improving agency performance through the use of data and evaluation.

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