Refugee Trauma Survivors in the Primary Care Setting: A Collaborative Medical Mental-Health Approach

This webinar, from 12/21/2011, features Deborah Boehm, RN, ACNP-BC, MPH. Boehm is Nurse Practitioner and Co-Director of the Center for Patient and Provider Experience at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. It was presented as part of a special medical topic series.

This webinar is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Wednesday, 21 December 2011



  • Describe somatic presentation of war based trauma in primary care
  • Describe the role of primary care providers in working with torture survivors
  • Identify a common clinical flow process that can be used to improve health outcomes and decrease pain
  • Create strategies for co-managing care with a mental health therapist

Summary: This webinar attempts to tackle the difficulties in working with refugees and victims of torture in the medical system in the United States.  Awareness is critical for all involved including: clinicians, the experience of loss, migration, life in refugee camps, loss of family, and moving into a western and Christian society. Many arrive with diseases not prevalent in the United States, and are not familiar with western medical treatments and methods. Expectations from individuals in treatment differ greatly here when working with patients. The presenter also describes a four-visit plan model in working with these patients.

The University of Massachusetts Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has an archive of its newsletters on Integrated Behavioral Health available here. They are excellent resources for medical and mental health professionals working together, particularly the December 2011 issue.

All photos in the webinar are credit Todd Heisler.


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