Psychological Consequences of Torture

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Tuesday, July 7th to Wednesday, September 30th

Please join us in an online, open forum on telehealth. NCB is providing an opportunity for clinicians to ask each other questions, share observations and adapted telehealth protocols for the SoT population via an online forum and technical exchange. This conversation will be a forum for peer-led informational exchange. NCB staff will assist in facilitating and monitoring the conversation.

Directions: Please watch Eugene Augusterfer’s presentation and interview Telemedicine in Mental Health first. Then feel free to join us in this open forum. All are welcome to join this forum, whether you have an account on Healtorture.org or not. For more information on using the forum, please read the directions on the first post. Please keep your comments respectful, relevant, factual, and do not share identifying information about clients per client privacy and HIPAA regulations. This forum will be open from July 6, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

Use the menu at right to explore all of the mental health evaluator training resources in this section.

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Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law

The Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law is a resource hub on traumatic memory and its effect on asylum claims.  Among other valuable resources, it shares scholarly papers by CSEL authors, which might otherwise require a paid journal subscription. 

Link: http://csel.org.uk

Istanbul Protocol: Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1999

When considering psychological consequences of torture, see, particularly, section VI, Psychological Evidence of Torture, pages 43-56.

When writing affidavits, see, particularly, Annex IV, Guidelines for medical evaluation of torture and ill-treatment, pages 70-72.

Available in a variety of languages.

Link: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/training8Rev1en.pdf

Post-traumatic stress disorder in the forensic psychiatric setting

Kristiansson, M, Sumelius, K and Sondergaard, HP (2004), Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry, 32:399-407

From a clinical point of view, it is well known that many subjects who undergo forensic psychiatric evaluation (FPE) have had various traumatic events in their lives. The article assesses the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in offenders who undergo FPE, compare differences with regard to the prevalence of PTSD between immigrants and Swedes, compare psychiatric comorbidity and offenses between PTSD and non-PTSD patients, and compare various instruments and questionnaires when assessing the level of PTSD symptoms.

Link: http://www.jaapl.org/content/32/4/399.full.pdf+html

Torture and Its Consequences: Current Treatment Approaches

Cusack, John (1995); American Journal of Psychiatry; 152:1230-a-1231.

Requires paid subscription to PsychiatryOnline

Link: http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx