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"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

Working With Survivors of Torture - The Mind-Body Connection

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Many clients seen by programs that work with survivors of torture experience chronic pain, anxiety, and other symptoms long after their traumatic experience. This two-part mini-course will focus on the role of the mind-body connection in the treatment of survivors of torture in both individual and group settings.  In the first session our presenters will provide an outline of concepts and approaches regarding the clinical application of meditation, physical therapy, and yoga with survivors of torturefollowed by a thirty minute question and answer period.

Amber Gray

Amber Gray is a licensed mental health professional and psychotherapist, board certified dance movement therapist, authorized Continuum Movement teacher and public health professional with extensive experience in clinical service provision, program development and management (including evaluation) and training.

She has worked clinically with survivors of organized violence, torture, war and combat related trauma, ritual abuse, domestic violence, and community violence for over twenty years.

Bernadette Talia

Bernadette Talia, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and co-founder of the Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services in El Cajon, CA. She has been a consultant and a provider of cultural competency trainings regarding Iraqi issues and recent Iraqi refugees in San Diego, CA for more than eleven years. She has been a trauma specialist since 1999, and has faciliated dialectical-behavioral skills training groups, anger management groups, and education and support groups for Middle Eastern women and men.

Ellen Silver Highfield

Ellen Silver Highfield has over 30 years experience as an acupuncturist. She is the Director of Acupuncture Programs and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center. She is also an Associate in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Adjunct Professor at the New England School of Acupuncture. She was instrumental in the inception of four free-care clinics at Boston Medical Center and has worked on NIH-funded projects to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in various populations. 

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