This webinar, presented on 7/14/2010, features Richard Mollica. It is part 1 of 3 in a series about traumatic head injury in torture survivors.
This webinar is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.
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)
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.
This webinar is intended to help mental healthcare providers have a better understanding of how to identify and care for torture survivors who have experienced Traumatic Head Injury (THI) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Dr. Richard Mollica lays an historical and contextual background for the identification and treatment of THI and TBI in torture survivors, and he discusses the major ways in which these two forms of trauma are overlooked in modern healthcare and torture treatment services. He further explains how THI and TBI share many similarities, and can have causal relationships to, other neurocognitive deficits such as PTSD, depression, and other problems. With the use of neuroimaging visual aids, Dr. Mollica shows the direct effects of common forms of torture to the head and explains their relationship to the development of TBI. Dr. Mollica also applies the findings from case studies of concentration camp victims, Vietnamese torture survivors, and Iraqi soldiers.