Webinars (all topics)

Enhancing Empathy by Measuring Torture Symptoms with Survivors

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

This is the first part of a two-part training on how to use screening tools with survivors of torture to achieve more than just data collection. The webinar focused on the range of screening tools available to clinicians working with survivors of torture and how they can be used to improve clinical practice, improve evaluation practice, and enhance the capacity for empathy in their work. After this training, service providers will be able to evaluate and chose which screening tools may be most effective to use in their own programs.The presenters are experts from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Northwest Health and Human Rights, and the Marjorie Kovler Center.

Mental Health Interpretation: Program Structures and Funding Challenges

Monday, 09 May 2016

This webinar, from the National Partnership in Community Training, provides an overview of three different program structures and approaches to providing interpretation, discusses effective sourcing and training for mental health interpreters, and identifies common challenges to identifying and accessing funding interpretation for mental health.

See also: the NPCT information guide of the same name. 

Who Is a Torture Survivor: Understanding the Legal Definitions of Torture

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

This Measured Impact Webinar discusses the legal definitions of torture and how they apply to eligibility determinations for Survivors of Torture programs. Presenters Annie Sovcik, Marie Soueid, and Faith Ray of the Center for Victims of Torture concentrate on the legal frameworks of the U.S. and U.N. definitions of torture, as well as the refugee definition. They include examples to illustrate cases that rise to the level of torture and cases that do not.

ORR Funding in 2016

Wednesday, 23 December 2015


In this webinar, the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Administration for Children and Families (ORR/ACF) and the National Capacity Building (NCB) Project, welcome the FY 2016-2018 Services for Survivors of Torture (SOT) program grantees and provide you with an overview of important aspects of the grant program.

During this webinar the direct service grantees and the technical assistance grantee are introduced, and staff from ORR/ACF provides an overview of the reporting requirements and the budget amendment process.  Information about the March 2016 SOT grantee meeting is provided.

Effective Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Pro Bono Providers

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


In a recent survey conducted by CVT’s National Capacity Building Project to Survivors of Torture programs, many of you responded that when working with community providers, you experience significant challenges in developing effective, ongoing services for survivors.  In this webinar three torture treatment programs that have developed a network of successful pro bono relationships will discuss their strategies for recruiting and retaining this valuable resource and share special considerations to make when working with these providers.


After attending this webinar

IBHC for Refugees: A Qualitative Inquiry

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


There is a tremendous unmet need for behavioral health services among refugee populations in the U.S. Integrated care is one promising approach to improving refugee populations’ access to high quality mental health services, and it is receiving increasing resources from funding sectors as part of health care reform. While there is much excitement about integrated care, there remains a clear need for research on how integrated care works in practice and how it works for specific populations.

Social Media in Service of Torture Survivors

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


In this webinar, C.C. Strom and Beth Scudder share a case study of how the Center for Victims of Torture uses social media to support their work. This includes how to grow your Facebook fan base, how to evaluate social media platforms, how to report and track effectiveness, and how to use email newsletters and other email contacts effectively. We also share highlights of other Survivor of Torture programs’ use of social media, best practices, and tips for how to get started and keep momentum going.


By the end of this webinar, listeners will be able to:  

  1. Evaluate

Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture 3 - Reconnecting Survivor Communities at the International Institute of Connecticut

Thursday, 21 May 2015


This webinar is the third in the NCB Project’s three-part series on Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture.  In the series, the NCB Project will highlight three Survivors of Torture programs that are using innovative techniques to provide group treatment.

“Beauty School” is an innovative 12-session, client-led, women-only task group developed by the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN).  Combining client self-care with environmental mastery, Beauty School promotes survivor engagement and community integration via life skills speakers and neighborhood field trips.

Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture 2 - Stage Two Remembrance and Mourning

Friday, 24 April 2015

Reflections on a Women's Psychotherapy Group at the Center for Victims of Torture

With this webinar, the NCB Project continues a series:  Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture.

Survivors of Torture programs across the US are creating and using innovative and effective techniques in providing treatment services through groups. In this series, we will feature three torture rehabilitation programs that are conducting group treatment, within Judith Herman's three-staged framework - as written about in her book, Trauma and Recovery.

This webinar is the second in the NCB Project’s three-part