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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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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.

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:
http://www.acpinternist.org/archives/2009/02/adherence.pdf.

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

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

Assessing Trauma & Associated Symptoms in Refugees & Torture Survivors

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

In this webinar, Dr. Michael Hollifield, M.D. focuses on clinical care for refugees and torture survivors, and ways to measure trauma symptoms. He reviews numerous measurement instruments, identifying whether each measurement tool has been tested for reliability and validity for certain populations. He reviews how to choose a tool that fits your own needs. He provides many useful attachments, including a set of the “comprehensive trauma inventory” (CTI) forms.

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.

Communicating/Reporting Program Outcomes

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Joan Othieno reviews different types of media to convey successful program results, noting the importance of identifying your audience, and “telling your story” in a way that resonates with your audience.   She compares the appropriateness of different types of tables and graphs, and provides a comprehensive list of the components you can include in an evaluation report. She notes the need for empirical evidence to support conclusions.

Presentation by Joan Othieno, PhD, from NCB Institute on Practicing Outcome Evaluation for Torture Survivor Programs.

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.

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