Webinars (all topics)

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

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

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

Screening for Traumatic Head Injury in a Basic Clinic Setting (THI Part 2 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. THI/TBI is now likely recognized as the signature injury in American combat troops returning from the wars in the Middle East.

Expressive Arts Therapies with Survivors of Torture

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

This webinar promotes the use of expressive arts therapies, or those utilizing movement, art, dance, music, rhythm, drama, and/or poetry. It is intended for expressive arts therapists, though non-practitioners can include applicable elements in their practices as well. Although each of the aforementioned therapies is briefly expounded on, the primary focus of the webinar is to emphasize three main points. First, human development and growth are deeply creative processes.

HealthRight International's Human Rights Clinic Photo Database: A Reference Tool Documenting the Long-term Physical Sequelae of Torture

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Our presenters have recommended these additional resources:

The Manual Examining Asylum Seekers is intended to provide medical professionals with the information necessary to conduct these potentially life-saving evaluations. It includes an overview of political asylum law and procedure in the United States, explains the physician's role in verifying signs and symptoms consistent with torture, and reviews components of appropriate written and oral medical testimony. The manual is designed to be a resource for newcomers to asylum evaluations as well as veterans with questions on specific issues.

Religion, Spirituality, and Faith in the Care of Torture Survivors: Part III

Wednesday, 09 September 2009


Piwowarczyk, L. (2005) Torture and spirituality: engaging the sacred in treatment. Torture 15(1), 1-8

McKinney, Marcus M. "Treatment of survivors of torture: Spiritual domain" TORTURE. Volume 21, No. 1 (2011). (Link is to full article PDF on IRCT site.)


Recommended by Sharmin DeMoss

Brady, The Wisdom of Listening
Chodron, When Things Fall Apart
*Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning 
Henry/Henry, Reclaiming Soul in Health Care
Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying
Lester, Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Means, Trauma and Evil
Napier/DeMoss, Caregiver's

Client Data Management (NCB Institute Presentation)

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

This webinar reviews a study from NCB regarding the storage and interpretation of information that is gathered by centers around the country. The uses of reports are important in the day-to-day business of organizations by providing information to advocacy groups, the board of directors, funders, and others on the successes of the group. Barriers develop in the collecting of data from clients, unorganized data processing, and inaccurate data resulting in loss of funding or other problems.

ESL as a Mental Health Intervention

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Cultural Adjustment, Mental Health, and ESL:  The Role of the Teacher (attached)
A very helpful resource that includes information on the connection between ESL and mental health.  It is written for ESL teachers and, as it states in the book, “It is not meant to turn ESL providers into therapists or mental health specialists” but it suggests ESL activities to address mental health issues.

Webinar Summary

This webinar is intended for ESL providers. It focuses on the use of ESL as a tool to help better the mental health of torture survivors.

Religion, Spirituality, and Faith in the Care of Torture Survivors: Part II

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Books Referenced:

  • Thomas Moore Care of the Soul 1993. Harper
  • James Hillman Insearch 1994. Spring
  • Carl G. Jung Psychology and Religion: West and East. 1969. Princeton University Press
  • Huguelet and Koenig Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry. 2009. Cambridge University Press


McKinney, Marcus M. "Treatment of survivors of torture: Spiritual domain" TORTURE. Volume 21, No. 1 (2011). (Link is to full article PDF on IRCT site.)

Dr. McKinney’s Website and contact information:


Demonstrating Client Improvement to Yourself and Others Part 3: Making Sure Client Numbers Reflect Client Reality

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Greg Vinson discusses the key role that statistical measures plays in showing the success of your program.  (This webinar is part 3 of a three part series.) He reviews basic statistical methods to demonstrate the effectiveness of your program.  He assesses how well a measure represents the reality (the “construct”) you seek to examine.  He shows the need to examine reliability and validity in order to minimize false conclusions. He shows how to calculate a Cronbach’s alpha value within Excel, to examine the internal consistency of your data, and how to interpret the results.

Religion, Spirituality and Faith in the Care of Torture Survivors: Part I

Wednesday, 29 April 2009


In this first webinar of a three-part series on the place of religion in the care of trauma survivors, John Tuskan, co-author of The Spiritual Dimensions of Trauma Healing, focuses on definitions and concepts surrounding spirituality and faith. By outlining the distinctions that separate these realms of internal identity and theological understanding, Tuskan is able to fluidly move the discussion forward into identifying major conclusions from research on religion, health, and mental health and examining the role of religion in response to traumatic stress.