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.

Complex Trauma, Complex Reactions: Assessment and Treatment

Courtois, Christine (2004), in Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, Vol 41, No 4, 412-425

This article examines the criteria contained in the diagnostic conceptualization of complex PTSD (CPTSD). It reviews newly available assessment tools and outlines a sequences treatment based on accumulated clinical observation and emerging empirical substantiation.

Major Depression Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Ricardo E. Jorge, MD; Robert G. Robinson, MD; David Moser, PhD; Amane Tateno, MD; Benedicto Crespo-Facorro, MD; Stephan Arndt, PhD. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2004; 61:42-50.

Major depression is a frequent complication of TBI that hinders a patient's recovery. The article aims to determine the clinical, neuropsychological, and structural neuroimaging correlates of major depression occurring after TBI.

Brain Structural Abnormalities and Mental Health Sequelae in South Vietnamese Ex–Political Detainees Who Survived Traumatic Head Injury and Torture

Mollica, R., Lyoo, I.K., Chernoff, M., Bui, H., Lavelle ,J., Yoon, S., Kim, J.,  Renshaw, P. (2009) Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2009; 66(11):1221-1232.

Traumatic Head Injury is a common form of torture and occurs frequently in survivors of mass violence. This study of South Vietnamese ex–political detainees who had been incarcerated in Vietnamese reeducation camps and resettled in the United States disclosed significant mental health problems associated with torture and traumatic head injury.

Torture and its neurological sequelae

Moreno, A., Grodin, MA. (2002) Spinal Cord, 40(5):213-23

There are several forms of torture that may affect the nervous system including beatings, gunshot wounds, stab wounds, asphyxiation, prolonged suspension and electrocution. Victims of torture commonly experience neurological symptoms such as headaches, vertigo, loss of consciousness and dizziness during and after torture. The authors argue that the treatment of these neurological conditions does not differ from other patient populations.

Harvard Trauma Questionnaire: Measuring Trauma, Measuring Torture (HTQ)

and Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 (HSCL-25) Measuring Trauma, Measuring Torture

Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

The manual provides the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma’s scientific and field experience for eighteen years with the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) and Hopkins Symptom Check List-25 (HSCL –25). The manual is not just a “how to” on the use of screening instruments. It provides a rich scientific and ethnographic model and tools for the care of traumatized persons in diverse cultural settings worldwide.

The Validity of Screening for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

The Validity of Screening for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Problems among Asylum Seekers from Different Countries

Jokobsen, M. and Thoresen, S. (2011), Journal of Refugee Studies. 24(1): 171-186

The article evaluates the utility of screening tools such as the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) and the Hopkins Symptom Checklist (HSCL-25) in asylum seekers.
Note: Requires paid subscription to Oxford Journals

Psychological evaluation of asylum seekers as a therapeutic process

Gangsei, D. and Deutsch, A. (2007); Torture: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture. Copenhagen: IRCT; 17:2, 79-87

This paper discusses mental health evaluation for survivors applying for asylum in a country of refuge and how this task, which has both legal and therapeutic dimensions, provides a unique opportunity to contribute to healing the wounds of torture.

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