Integrated Behavioral Health Care with Survivors of Torture: Learning from the data and from each other

This Measured Impact Webinar is part of the National Capacity Building project series of webinars. It was presented on September 22, 2016 and features Maria Vukovich and Jennifer Esala of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Monday, 12 September 2016



Programs that provide services to survivors of torture have a long history of delivering collaborative, holistic, and interdisciplinary care that takes into account the complex needs of torture survivors. We recently carried out a national needs assessment, which confirmed that the majority of programs that serve torture survivors provide some form of integrated behavioral health care (IBHC) and recognize that care coordination across multiple disciplines is vital to responding to the multifaceted needs of survivors of torture.

In this two-part Measured Impact Webinar, we explore creating or further developing IBHC in your programs. We discuss how IBHC can enhance the quality of survivor care, foster engagement across disciplines, and improve health outcomes.           


Staff members of all disciplines are encouraged to attend. After the MIW, you will be able to:

  1. Describe integrated behavioral health care as it relates to services for survivors of torture.
  2. Summarize the need for integrated behavioral health care when providing services to survivors of torture.
  3. Identify key components of integrated behavioral health care for vulnerable populations.
  4. Identify key findings from NCB's needs assessment on integrated behavioral health care.

Session 1:  The NCB researchers who conducted the IBHC needs assessment will share findings and data from the survey. They will discuss how IBHC is currently being described in the field, identify key components of IBHC for torture survivors, and discuss what we can learn from each other. There will be 30 minutes interactive Q&A at the end of the webinar.

Session 2: In this online consultation, a panel of experts working in IBHC in a torture rehabilitation context will answer questions and share their experiences in developing and sustaining IBHC programs.


Consultation: Thursday, 9/29/16 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST. Click here to register for the consultation. The consultation will not be recorded.

Certificates of completion for are available for participants who complete the pre- and post-tests and attend each session. 


Targeted Case Management was mentioned in this session as a way that organizations might get reimbursement for the survivors of torture that they work with. From that webinar description: “Targeted Case Management is a federal program that is managed by the states, with counties providing the actual case management services either by their own social workers or by contracting with third party vendors for special population groups. For survivor of torture treatment programs that are in a position to take advantage of it, Targeted Case Management can produce strong revenue.” NCB hosted a webinar “Questions and Answers about Targeted Case Management” that can help your organization determine if that is a viable option. Click here to view the webinar and also to find a number of resources related to development and policy.

Initial screening tools such as the RHS-15 were mentioned in this session. In July of 2016 NCB hosted a webinar on using screening tools with survivors of torture. Click here to see the webinar and also to see information regarding the RHS-15 and other tools such as the HTQ-R and the HSCL-25.

Access to Care was another topic of interest. Information on that is available here on

Sustainability was also a topic of interest. NCB produced a recent digest on that topic which is archived here.


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