Mental Health Evaluators

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Tuesday, July 7th to Wednesday, September 30th

Please join us in an online, open forum on telehealth. NCB is providing an opportunity for clinicians to ask each other questions, share observations and adapted telehealth protocols for the SoT population via an online forum and technical exchange. This conversation will be a forum for peer-led informational exchange. NCB staff will assist in facilitating and monitoring the conversation.

Directions: Please watch Eugene Augusterfer’s presentation and interview Telemedicine in Mental Health first. Then feel free to join us in this open forum. All are welcome to join this forum, whether you have an account on Healtorture.org or not. For more information on using the forum, please read the directions on the first post. Please keep your comments respectful, relevant, factual, and do not share identifying information about clients per client privacy and HIPAA regulations. This forum will be open from July 6, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

"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

Greg Vinson

Senior Reasearcher and Evaluation Manager, The Center for Victims of Torture

Greg Vinson, PhD is a Senior Researcher and Evaluation Manager at the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis-St.Paul.  He received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in statistics and measurement.  Dr.

Alison Beckman, MSW, LICSW

Ms. Beckman is a senior clinician for external relations at the Center for Victims of Torture focusing on public policy and advocacy. Project entitled: Healing Hearts, Creating Hope; Exploring the Efficacy of Integrated Mental Health Services for New Refugees. She has worked at CVT headquartered in St. Paul, MN., for 18 years in a variety of capacities. Previously, she provided psychological evaluation and treatment services to survivors of torture in group and individual capacities in Minnesota, serving as a clinical supervisor in the later years.

Abbey Weiss, PsyD, LP

Psychotherapist and Trainer, The Center for Victims of Torture

Dr. Abbey Weiss is a psychotherapist and trainer at The Center for Victims of Torture. Dr. Weiss obtained her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Twin Cities. She is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology as a Licensed Psychologist. At the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), Dr. Weiss has a position as a psychotherapist providing psychological evaluation and treatment services for clients.

Ken Miller

Associate Professor of Holistic Psychology, Lesley University

Ken Miller is a clinical and community psychologist. He has studied the impacts of adversity on the wellbeing of children and adults for 15 years, and has a particular interest in the development of culturally informed community interventions aimed at fostering healing and optimal development in the wake of trauma and other disruptive events. He is also the Senior Project Coordinator of the War Trauma Foundation, a writer, and a filmmaker.

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Mary Fabri

Dr. Mary Fabri is a clinical psychologist and has worked with torture survivors for more than 25 years.  She was Senior Director of Torture Treatment Services and International Training at Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center in Chicago for 12 years where community-based integrated care is provided.  She served as President of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs for 5 years and has been on the Board of Directors of Torture Abolition & Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) since 2005 and is currently serving as the Chair. Dr.

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.

Richard F. Mollica

Richard F. Mollica, MD, MAR is the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. While at Yale he also trained in epidemiology and received a philosophy degree from the Divinity School. In 1981, Dr. Mollica co-founded the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic (IPC). Over the past two decades HPRT and IPC have pioneered the mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture.

Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Therapists: Vicarious Resilience and Related Concepts in Training

An integrative training framework articulating multiple perspectives on the impact of trauma work is offered with a training/supervision exercise to address the complex and systemic relationships that affect therapists in both positive and negative manners. The concepts of vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience, compassion fatigue, resilience, posttraumatic growth, altruism born of suffering, and reciprocity are reviewed.

Testimony Example

Unauthenticated transcript of testimony by medical examiner Dr. Sondra Crosby in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi detainee accused of orchestrating the 2000 bombing of the destroyer Cole. Dr. Crosby's direct examination begins on page 7; pertinent questions on page 10. An excellent example of the kinds of questions and kind of experience that an expert witness in torture treatment may encounter.

Introduction to Training for Mental Health Professionals Evaluating Torture Survivors for Asylum Claims

This mental health evaluator training section has been compiled through the combined efforts of Lisa Matos, Project Director of the Human Rights Clinic of HealthRight International, and participants in the National Capacity Building Project's 2011 institute: Torture Survivors Seeking Asylum: The Intersection of Forensic Mental Health Evaluation and Legal Representation.

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