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Webinars (all topics)

Webinars are seminars held on the web on serving survivors of torture. To see lists of webinars by topic please use the topic menu at the top of the page. Some of the webinars are available to members only, and you will have to log in to see all the webinars.
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Strengthening Case Management: Introducing Narrative Concepts

Wednesday, 19 December 2012


The second in a proposed 3-part series by Joan Hodges on strengthening case management, this webinar presents narrative therapy as a potential approach for case managers (CMs) to apply when working with torture survivors.  Using narrative concepts, case managers can use therapeutic questioning to help clients recognize and reflect on their current problems and to empower clients to reexamine and reframe their lives. Please note this webinar does not qualify anyone to do narrative therapy


  • To gain a basic understanding narrative therapy
  • To discuss the potential for

NCB: The Year Ahead

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Performance Measurement – Using Data to Improve Quality

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

In this webinar Dr. Edward Cohen speaks directly to torture treatment providers, to identify ways you can evaluate your Center’s performance. Dr. Cohen explains the basic terminology of performance measurement. His examples cover different areas of service, and may help you identify which aspects of your own program you could measure, and the need to focus your collection of data to the item being measured. He discusses how evaluation not only helps you report the success of your program, it allows you to proactively evaluate the quality of your delivery of services.

Guidelines and Advice on End of the ORR Project Year Reporting

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


During this webinar, we will review guidelines for the October ORR Semi-Annual report and the Final Report due 90 days after the end of the project period. This will include financial forms and requirem ents, data reporting, and final narrative report expectations.


After this webinar, participants will be able to:

Detail the formats and requirements for reporting to ORR at the end of the project period

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding financial and programmatic reporting

Definitions for this discussion:

from 2 CFR 215.2 Subpart

Strengthening Case Management: The Value of the Therapeutic Dimension

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


While most torture treatment centers maintain a strict division between mental health and case management services, mental health concepts can be appropriately adjusted for use in a case management setting. This webinar expands on an often limited view of the role of case managers in the treatment of torture survivors. While it does not advocate that case managers become therapists, it suggests they adapt psychoanalytic theory to their jobs in order to promote “empathetic connections” and “safe spaces” in their relationships with clients.

Torture Survivors and their Power: Strengths-based Treatment

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Individuals who have been tortured have lost their power during their experiences. The right to stop pain, make choices, and direct one's life are taken away during torture. Using strengths-based approaches, providers can prevent taking their power away again. We can recognize that they are the expert in what they need; they have all that is necessary to survive; and that the power to grow is innate within them. In this webinar we'll discuss some of the theory and methods behind strengths-based care.


After participating in the Webinar participants will be able to:

Initiatives in Collaboration: Bringing Trauma Care to the Community

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


The Center for Victims of Torture has a community project entitled “Healing in Partnership”, a primary objective of which is to educate community based organizations (CBOs) about mental health and to bring basic mental health education to trauma affected populations within these settings. This is different from the traditional clinic based approach to providing mental health services. It removes barriers to access to care. It tries to reduce one of the major barriers to seeking assistance: stigma related to mental health.

Trends in Asylum Law Affecting Torture Survivors

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


This Webinar provides an opportunity for staff of torture treatment programs to catch up on trends in asylum law and hear more about recent case law that may affect their clients.


  1. Participants will gain knowledge of recent case law regarding asylum issues relevant to torture survivors.
  2. Participants will gain knowledge of recent case law regarding mental impairment as it might affect asylum claims and psychological evaluations of their clients.
  3. Participants will have an opportunity for Q&A regarding trends and changes in immigration proceedings


Creating a Logic Model and Theory of Change for Program Proposals

Wednesday, 02 May 2012


This webinar will help the participant understand the fundamentals of the development of a logic model in project design and proposal writing. Participants will be able to explain how information is entered into a logic model template and how information flows logically from section of the model to another. Common problems encountered while developing a logic model as well as logic model limitations will also be discussed. Discussion will include the value of including program assumptions and a theory of change in the process of logic model development.


  1. Receive a

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

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


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.