Webinars (all topics)

Outcome Evaluation for Torture Treatment Centers: Concepts and Strategies

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

This webinar by Ken Miller is part of a full day seminar, with two detailed case studies and group exercises, leading torture treatment providers through the process of developing a culturally sensitive measurement tool. In both case studies, he shows the steps used to develop and evaluate a measure. These case studies illustrate sensitivity to cultural factors when measuring indicators of well-being and healing.

In the first example, Dr. Miller provides the detailed methodology used to assess mental health in post-war Afghanistan, showing the development and implementation the Afghan Symptom Checklist (ASCL). The second example recounts the development of the “Children’s Daily Stressor Scale (CDSS)” in Sri Lanka. Both examples show how you can use informal narratives to identify indicators and then use those to develop a questionnaire. Useful detail includes how to graphically communicate choices on a Likert scale, and processes to analyze your data.

Outcome Based Evaluation: Planning, Process & Implementation

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Joan Othieno reviews the stages needed to plan an evaluation of your center’s outcomes. She reviews the key benefits of performing an evaluation. She defines terminology, including the distinction between evaluating a process and evaluating different types of outcomes. She provides examples that may help you choose an item to measure for your own outcomes evaluation. She describes how to use a logic model and concept maps to define your own assumptions and goals. She provides numerous examples of program objectives: these may help you define objectives for your own evaluation.

New Information on the Neuroscience of PTSD & Depression: How It Affects Torture Treatment and Outcomes

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Description

The brain is very sensitive to the environment. It responds to both internal and external environment, including trauma. The brain is capable of rapid physiological and affective changes, depending upon the heredity and stress (genes & environment). All of us who treat patients need to know how the brain interacts with our work. This information helps us in understanding how therapy affects the outcome and why medications act differently on various symptoms of PTSD and depression and need to be tailored to each individual.

The Treatment of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma: an Integrative Approach

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Webinar Summary and Resources

This webinar focuses on the potential alleviation of torture-induced chronic pain through alternative medicine and techniques. While the webinar is intended for medical professionals, it is accessible to a wider audience as well. After establishing that western conceptions both of pain and the necessity of pharmaceutical or surgical treatment are not universal, the webinar elaborates on a series of alternative medicines that have clinically and anecdotally been shown to be helpful.

Working with Chaldeans

Wednesday, 08 February 2012

The Chaldeans are Roman Catholics from Iraq, whose history predates that of Christ. They have been influential since the beginning of civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. Under the former regime of Saddam Hussein, religious freedom became constrained, resulting in ethnic cleansing and mass exodus from the region. Many Chaldeans reported the harsh conditions they faced in the transit states, especially the unavailability of employment opportunities.

Upon arrival in the United States, many face the same concern of employment, as well as other factors that can affect the acculturation

Refugee Trauma Survivors in the Primary Care Setting: A Collaborative Medical Mental-Health Approach

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Objectives:

  • Describe somatic presentation of war based trauma in primary care
  • Describe the role of primary care providers in working with torture survivors
  • Identify a common clinical flow process that can be used to improve health outcomes and decrease pain
  • Create strategies for co-managing care with a mental health therapist

Summary: This webinar attempts to tackle the difficulties in working with refugees and victims of torture in the medical system in the United States.

Medication Therapy Management for Victims of Torture

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Beliefs About Medicine Questionnaire
http://toolkit.techandaging.org/2011/03/12/beliefs-about-medicine-questionaire-key/

Article:  Why Pharmacists Belong In The Medical Home
(Please note: There is a charge to download the entire article from this website, but be sure to check with your local library to see if it is available there.)
Marie Smith, David W. Bates, Thomas Bodenheimer, Paul D. Cleary; Health Affairs October 2011; Volume 30, Issue 10,
http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/29/5/906.abstract

Presenter

Thomas Buckley, RPh, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Connecticut School

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.

Websites and articles referenced in the

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.

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