Torture Survivors and their Power: Strengths-based Treatment

This webinar, presented on July 18, 2012, features Karen Hanscom and Faith Ray of ASTT.

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, 18 July 2012


Individuals who have been tortured have lost their power during their experiences. The right to stop pain, make choices, and direct one's life are taken away during torture. Using strengths-based approaches, providers can prevent taking their power away again. We can recognize that they are the expert in what they need; they have all that is necessary to survive; and that the power to grow is innate within them. In this webinar we'll discuss some of the theory and methods behind strengths-based care.


After participating in the Webinar participants will be able to:
1)    A Describe the theory and methods used in strengths-based care.
2)    Recognize how strengths-based approaches can inform their own interactions with their clients


Karen Hanscom, PhD
Executive Director
Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma

Faith Ray
Case Manager
Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma


We are at our best as helpers when we cast off the pretentious role of expert and join with our clients as colleagues and companions in the pursuit of all that is of consequence for a more reasonable life.

Goldstein, Howard, 1997


The Strengths-Based Model:

Saleebey, Dennis.  The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, 4th edition, Allyn and Bacon, 2006.

Writing behavioral objectives:



Problem-Strengths-Resources Matrix


Sample Wellness plan



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