Webinars (all topics)

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

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

This webinar is meant to provide clinicians and health care workers with a base of knowledge in working with the Karen people from Burma. The presenters describe the history of the Karen and the Burma, as well as the torture and abuse they are likely to have faced in their homes, and/or refugee camps. Ms. Cook notes the importance placed on religion in the Karen community, affecting all aspects of life. When using an interpreter, it is important to understand the stigmas and associations placed on certain illnesses, especially mental illnesses.

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Presenting Outcomes Data Clearly and Effectively

Wednesday, 01 June 2011

Paul Chandler discusses how to choose the appropriate type of graph to convey your message and communicate the results of your outcomes evaluation. Examples are used to illustrate effective ways to format titles, scale, and content within a graph. An attached Excel file, containing a set of graphs with sample data, is a template you can modify to create your own graphs.

Adapting and Modifying Evidence-Based Practices for Torture Survivor Programs

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Joan Othieno discusses how to use quantifiable evidence to identify which practices support your organization’s desired outcomes. She discusses how this evidence-based approach can demonstrate effective delivery of service to clients, and demonstrate how a specific practice produces a desired outcome. The evidence based process was developed within the medical sciences, and can be used as a small-scale approach to outcomes evaluation. She also discusses ways to identify unintended outcomes.

Serving Survivors of Torture: Attending to Vicarious Trauma and Enhancing Vicarious Resilience

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Literature Related to Vicarious Trauma

Comprehensive bibliography compiled by Beth Hudnall Stamm: Stamm, B.H. (2010, November). Comprehensive Bibliography Of The Effect Of Caring For Those Who Have Experienced Extremely Stressful Events and Suffering. www.proqol.org.

The National Center for PTSD’s PILOTS database is a great source for traumatic stress literature: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pilots-database/pilots-db.asp

Baker EK. Caring for ourselves: A therapist’s guide to personal and professional well-being. Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association; 2003.

Figley CR (ed).

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

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Summary

“Where is Bhutan, anyway?” asks Aaron Acharya. “This is a question I get all of the time.” As executive director of the Association for Bhutanese in America, former project coordinator at HealthRight International, and a citizen of Bhutan himself, Acharya is certainly qualified to answer this inquiry.

Yet his mission for this particular webinar extends beyond lessons in geography.

THI Part 3 of 3: Family and Patient Support: New Approaches to Fostering Dialogue and Hope

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

In the 1950's Dr. Ettinger and later in the 1980s Goldfeld and Mollica identified Traumatic Head Injury (THI)/leading to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a common and severe sequelae of trauma and other forms of external violence. THI/TBI is now likely recognized as the signature injury in American combat troops returning from the wars in the Middle East. Yet THI/TBI related to medical and psychiatric problems are difficult to diagnose and treat even in specialized clinics for survivors of torture and combat veterans.

Don't miss the other two parts of this webinar series!

History and Evidence

Investigating and Prosecuting Human Rights Violators and War Criminals: A Collaborative Approach

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Anne Marie Brennan attempts to clarify the goals of the U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to deny safe havens in the U.S. to human rights violators, torturers, and war criminals, as well as preventing them from entering in the first place. In 2009, they developed a program called the Human Rights Fusion Centers across the country to interview refugees and survivors of torture in the hopes of removing criminals from local communities. The presenter highlights successful case studies of war criminals being extradited to face justice in the home countries.

Caveat: 

While

THI Part 2 of 3: Screening for Traumatic Head Injury in a Basic Clinic Setting

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Don't miss the other two parts of this webinar series!

History and Evidence of Traumatic Head Injury (THI): Basic Concepts and Principles in the Care of Torture Survivors with THI (THI Part 1 of 3)

Family and Patient Support: New Approaches to Fostering Dialogue and Hope (THI Part 3 of 3)

In the 1950's Dr. Ettinger and later in the 1980s Goldfeld and Mollica identified Traumatic Head Injury (THI)/leading to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a common and severe sequelae of trauma and other forms of external violence.

Helping Clients Gain Independence and Self-Sufficiency Through a Bikes for Clients Program

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Description

Take two wheels, add some pedals and brakes, and finish with a flourish of gears and you have what Cynthia McArthur considers a valuable tool for helping victims of torture progress in the healing process.  McArthur, long-time volunteer at the Center for Victims of Torture and an avid bicyclist, first recognized the benefits of a bicycle donation program while seeking to combine her background in social work with her love for the sport.

Rethinking Torture Trauma: In Search of Indigenous Coping Strategies

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

This webinar confronts issues that health care providers must face when working with members of indigenous populations from around the world. Because western medical practices are not common to these groups of people, they are often wary of treatments. Dr. Elzbieta Gozdziak suggests that providers become educated on the traditions and cultures of their patients, to better accustom the patients to the ways of western treatments. Understanding the patient’s views on healing can lead to better outcomes.

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