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.
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
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.
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
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"Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN"
Dr. Northwood has worked at CVT since 1995, where she has served as a clinical psychologist providing psychological evaluation and psychotherapy to survivors of politically motivated torture and their family members, including children and adolescents. Since 2006, she has been responsible for supervising client services staff in program work; providing overall management of the clinic; directing and implementing the development, delivery, and evaluation of services to clients and overseeing the performance and functioning of the client services program.
International Clinical Advisor The Center for Victims of Torture
Ms. Willhoite has worked for the past two years as 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, 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.
Dr. Ed Cohen is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at San Jose State University, and 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.