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America's Illicit Affair with Torture

Talk by Dr. David Luban given at the 5th annual symposium of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Centers, on February 13th, 2013, in Washington, DC.

Dr. Luban is University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown University, with an extensive background in international criminal law and legal ethics.  His writing includes more than 150 articles on international criminal law, moral and legal philosophy, professional ethics, law and literature, just war theory, and issues surrounding the U.S. “war on terrorism.” He has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress on the torture debate. For more on Dr. Luban, see his Georgetown bio page.

The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) is a non-profit, U.S. based network of 34 programs which exists to advance the knowledge, technical capacities and resources devoted to the care of torture survivors living in the United States and acts collectively to prevent torture worldwide.

Talk by Dr. David Luban given at the 5th annual symposium of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Centers, on February 13th, 2013, in Washington, DC.

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Assessment and Trauma Focused Treatment for Children

Dr. Ernestine Briggs-King presents on assessment and trauma-focused treatment for children, particularly for children who are primary or secondary survivors of torture. This presentation was recorded at the National Capacity-Building Institute held in Chapel Hill, NC in 2012.

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Case Management 101: Client Boundaries

Featuring Joan Hodges-Wu, MA, this video describes how to set boundaries as a case manager working with survivors of torture.
This video was produced by the National Capacity Building Project, a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.

This video defines boundaries and their role in the professional setting, identifies five categories of boundaries, recognizes common boundary violations, and establishes best practices to use in setting and maintaining boundaries.

This video is the first in the Case Managment 101 video series, featuring Joan Hodges-Wu, MA. Don't miss the second video, Case Management 101: Writing Case Notes.

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Case Management 101: Writing Case Notes

Featuring Joan Hodges-Wu, MA, this video advises case managers for torture survivors on writing good case notes. This video was produced by the National Capacity Building Project, a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.

This video includes what case notes are and why good case notes are important, what makes a good case note, provides a structure for writing good case notes, and introduces the concept of the mental status observation, which can be useful in writing case notes.

This video is the second in the Case Managment 101 video series, featuring Joan Hodges-Wu, MA. Don't miss the first video, Case Management 101: Client Boundaries.

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Disrupted Attachments: How Torture Threatens the Fabric of Family Life

Dr. Laura Bennett-Murphy speaks about working with children who are primary or secondary torture survivors and how this trauma affects their family lives. This presentation was recorded at the National Capacity-Building Institute held in Chapel Hill, NC in 2012.

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Frequently Asked Questions from Adjudicators

Panel discussion with Karen Grisez, Stuart Lustig, and David Gangsei. The panel addresses questions from adjudicators about mental health evaluations of torture survivors seeking asylum.

Recorded live at the 2011 National Capacity Building training institute, Torture Survivors Seeking Asylum: the Intersection of Forensic Mental Health Evaluation & Legal Representation.

Additional related resources may be found on www.HealTorture.org/legal-training

This video is slightly over one hour in length.

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From Terror to Healing, Part 1

Terror to Healing is a two-part video produced by the National Capacity Building Project of the Center for Victims of Torture. It is intended for the general public to learn about and understand the journey that torture survivors undergo.

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From Terror to Healing, Part 2

Terror to Healing is a two-part video produced by the National Capacity Building Project of the Center for Victims of Torture. It is intended for the general public to learn about and understand the journey that torture survivors undergo.

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Healing and the Pursuit of Justice: Challenging Sexual Assault as an Instrument of War: Introduction

This video was made by the Center for Victims of Torture (of which HealTorture is a project). The entire video is comprised of the Introduction, Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

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Healing and the Pursuit of Justice: Challenging Sexual Assault as an Instrument of War: Part One

This video was made by the Center for Victims of Torture (of which HealTorture is a project). The entire video is comprised of the Introduction, Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Rape and Sexual Assault as a Weapon of War

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Healing and the Pursuit of Justice: Challenging Sexual Assault as an Instrument of War: Part Three

This video was made by the Center for Victims of Torture (of which HealTorture is a project). The entire video is comprised of the Introduction, Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

A Human Rights Approach to Sexual Assault Prevention

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Healing and the Pursuit of Justice: Challenging Sexual Assault as an Instrument of War: Part Two

This video was made by the Center for Victims of Torture (of which HealTorture is a project). The entire video is comprised of the Introduction, Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

The Effects of Sexual Assault on Refugee Women

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Intro to Roadmap to Data Analysis Series

The introduction to the Roadmap to Data Analysis series, which is designed for staff members at torture treatment programs who find that they must do evaluation and data analysis work without the relevant training.

The introduction to the Roadmap to Data Analysis series, which is designed for staff members at torture treatment programs who find that they must do evaluation and data analysis work without the relevant training.

 
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Motivational Interviewing Part 1: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

In part 1 of this four-part series on Motivational Interviewing, the presenter, Ed Stellon (MS, MA, CADC), provides an introduction to the topic. Stellon introduces the audience to the eight stages of learning motivational interviewing, and to the concept that for change to occur, the individual must be ready, willing, and able. Emphasis is placed on the spirit of motivational interviewing versus using a particular list of specific techniques. Stellon works with a volunteer to provide a quick demonstration of what motivational interviewing is NOT, and then debriefs to give a perspective of how our natural enthusiasm for change, and the "Righting Reflex", can be damaging to motivation. He then works with another volunteer to demonstrate briefly what motivational interviewing IS. Stellon reviews the underlying assumptions of motivational interviewing. Finally, Stellon provides a tool for motivational interviewing, the "Readiness Ruler", and demonstrates it with another example of motivational interviewing.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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Motivational Interviewing Part 2: Key Concepts of Motivational Interviewing

In part 2 of this four-part series on Motivational Interviewing, the presenter, Ed Stellon (MS, MA, CADC), provides a thorough explanation of the key concepts of motivational interviewing. Using examples from real life, he discusses the stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse; he also examines readiness to change. Stellon reviews the four basic principles of motivational interviewing: express empathy, develop discrepancy, roll with resistance, and support self-efficacy. He introduces the concept of decisional balance, and applies it using the tool of the decisional balance worksheet.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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Motivational Interviewing Part 3: Tools & Techniques

In part 3 of this four-part series on Motivational Interviewing, the presenter, Ed Stellon (MS, MA, CADC), provides several tools and techniques for effective motivational interviewing. He begins the presentation by reviewing "RULE" - Resist the righting reflex, Understand your client's motivation, Listen to your client, and Empower your client. Stellon continues by describing and demonstrating the OARS tool: Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries. Stellon leads the audience through an extensive application of these skills using real-life case studies and examples. He concludes the presentation with a session on identifying and evoking change talk, including providing another useful acronym with the many forms of change talk, such as desire, need, and commitment.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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Motivational Interviewing Part 4: Motivational Interviewing Role Plays

In part 4 of this four-part series on Motivational Interviewing, the presenter, Ed Stellon (MS, MA, CADC), works with audience members to role play two different motivational interviewing scenarios, and debriefs the participants following each role play.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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Part 1 - Introduction to Solution Focused Counseling

In part 1 of this three-part series on Solution Focused Counseling, the presenter, Mary Bunn (LCSW), defines solution focused counseling and reviews its key features and applications.

Mary Bunn defines solution-focused (or task-focused) counseling as a short-term, practicel, strengths-based approach that focuses on identifying client concerns. She goes on to address the key features of this approach:

* It is resilience- and strengths-focused
* It's action-oriented, not insight-focused
* It is present-focused rather than examining the client's past
* It uses a collaborative relationship
* It breaks problems into manageable pieces, and focuses on only one problem at a time

Bunn notes that this approach is especially helpful in the initial stage of treatment.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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Part 2 - Solution Focused Counseling and Torture Survivors

In part 2 of this three-part series on Solution Focused Counseling, the presenter, Mary Bunn (LCSW), explains the particular context for torture survivors, which makes solution focused counseling useful in addressing social service needs.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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Part 3 - The Steps of Solution Focused Counseling

In part 3 of this three-part series on Solution Focused Counseling, the presenter, Mary Bunn (LCSW), describes the 10 steps of solution-focused counseling, and demonstrates through a case example how steps 1-4 might be implemented.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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