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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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.

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.

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.

Serving Survivors of Torture: Attending to Vicarious Trauma and Enhancing Vicarious Resilience

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Literature Related to Vicarious Trauma

Comprehensive bibliography compiled by Beth Hudnall Stamm: Stamm, B.H. (2010, November). Comprehensive Bibliography Of The Effect Of Caring For Those Who Have Experienced Extremely Stressful Events and Suffering. www.proqol.org.

The National Center for PTSD’s PILOTS database is a great source for traumatic stress literature: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pilots-database/pilots-db.asp

Baker EK. Caring for ourselves: A therapist’s guide to personal and professional well-being. Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association; 2003.

Figley CR (ed).

Bhutanese in the U.S.: An Overview for Torture Treatment Programs

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Summary

“Where is Bhutan, anyway?” asks Aaron Acharya. “This is a question I get all of the time.” As executive director of the Association for Bhutanese in America, former project coordinator at HealthRight International, and a citizen of Bhutan himself, Acharya is certainly qualified to answer this inquiry.

Yet his mission for this particular webinar extends beyond lessons in geography.

Family and Patient Support: New Approaches to Fostering Dialogue and Hope (THI Part 3 of 3)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

In the 1950's Dr. Ettinger and later in the 1980s Goldfeld and Mollica identified Traumatic Head Injury (THI)/leading to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a common and severe sequelae of trauma and other forms of external violence. THI/TBI is now likely recognized as the signature injury in American combat troops returning from the wars in the Middle East. Yet THI/TBI related to medical and psychiatric problems are difficult to diagnose and treat even in specialized clinics for survivors of torture and combat veterans.

Don't miss the other two parts of this webinar series!

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Investigating and Prosecuting Human Rights Violators and War Criminals: A Collaborative Approach

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Anne Marie Brennan attempts to clarify the goals of the U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to deny safe havens in the U.S. to human rights violators, torturers, and war criminals, as well as preventing them from entering in the first place. In 2009, they developed a program called the Human Rights Fusion Centers across the country to interview refugees and survivors of torture in the hopes of removing criminals from local communities. The presenter highlights successful case studies of war criminals being extradited to face justice in the home countries.

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Determining Client & Group Outcomes

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Joan Othieno reviews the basics theories of identifying outcomes for a client or a group. She distinguishes outputs (activities and products) and outcomes (changes in lives of clients). She provides examples of short-term outcomes, such as changes in a client’s knowledge of the effects of trauma, or understanding the value of social interaction. Centers planning short-term projects may benefit by reviewing this webinar.

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