Initiatives in Collaboration: Bringing Trauma Care to the Community


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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The Center for Victims of Torture has a community project entitled “Healing in Partnership”, a primary objective of which is to educate community based organizations (CBOs) about mental health and to bring basic mental health education to trauma affected populations within these settings. This is different from the traditional clinic based approach to providing mental health services. It removes barriers to access to care. It tries to reduce one of the major barriers to seeking assistance: stigma related to mental health. It brings basic psycho-education to communities in need and adapts this curriculum to different refugee groups. It builds the capacity of community workers to address trauma at different levels. It educates the CBOs about trauma and how this impacts their ability to help clients meet basic needs. This Webinar will give participants an overview of this model and insight into the challenges of implementing it in the community.


  1. Attendees will learn about a model of service delivery intended to bring services to the community and address mental health stigma
  2. Attendees will hear about the challenges associated with implementing this model
  3. Attendees will understand the dual goal of providing services (through adapted psycho-education curriculum)  and increasing the capacity of community based organizations to identify and respond to trauma


Abbey Weiss, PsyD, LP

Psychotherapist and trainer

The Center for Victims of Torture

Abbey Weiss, PsyD, LP 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. This includes clients from more than 10 different countries. She also works on an initiative called the Healing in Partnership Project at CVT. This project seeks to bring mental health education and treatment outside of the clinic and into communities affected by war and trauma. The communities she is currently working include Karen (pronounced Kah-Ren) refugees from Burma, Bhutanese, and Oromo from Ethiopia. Dr. Weiss has worked at the Center since July, 2006.


Healing in Partnership (HIP) is a research, healing and training project focused on the St. Paul communities of the Karen from Burma, the Bhutanese, the Oromo from Ethiopia and the Somali. For more information on HIP, click here.

Study: Communicating Torture and War Experiences with Primary Care Providers: Refugees’ perspectives on barriers to communication about trauma histories in primary care

Curriculum: The Women’s Circle:  Education and Support Group for Bhutanese Women: A Manual for Facilitators

NCB Special Populations Webinars:

Karen Refugees from Burma in the US: an Overview for Torture Treatment Programs

Bhutanese in the U.S.: An Overview for Torture Treatment Programs


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