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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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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.


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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.

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

Article on Chaldean Americans from Multicultural America, a useful quick reference to a number of immigrant populations in the United States.

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

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The University of Massachusetts Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has an archive of its newsletters on Integrated Behavioral Health available here. They are excellent resources for medical and mental health professionals working together, particularly the December 2011 issue.

All photos in the webinar are credit Todd Heisler.

Helping Clients Gain Independence and Self-Sufficiency Through a Bikes for Clients Program

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Take two wheels, add some pedals and brakes, and finish with a flourish of gears and you have what Cynthia McArthur considers a valuable tool for helping victims of torture progress in the healing process.  McArthur, long-time volunteer at the Center for Victims of Torture and an avid bicyclist, first recognized the benefits of a bicycle donation program while seeking to combine her background in social work with her love for the sport.

Medication Therapy Management for Victims of Torture

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Modified Morisky Scale
The Modified Morisky scale as referenced on the ACPInternist website may be found here:

Beliefs About Medicine Questionnaire

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