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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Torture Survivors and their Power: Strengths-based Treatment

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Description

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.

Objectives

After participating in the Webinar participants will be able to:
1) 

Initiatives in Collaboration: Bringing Trauma Care to the Community

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Description:

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

Description:

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.

Objectives:

  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

Presenter:        

Creating a Logic Model and Theory of Change for Program Proposals

Wednesday, 02 May 2012

Description:

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.

Objectives:

  1. Receive a

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.

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

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Description

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.

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