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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.

Tips on Working from Home

(Updated 6/25/2020)

Working from home has advantages and disadvantages in the best of times. With the current social distancing that is being required of us to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 working from home can be isolating and challenging. Below are some tips on working from home that were recieved from our listserv and other resources. Feel free to add your tips for working from home in the comment section. We would love to here from you!

Fundraising for Torture Treatment

 

Description

Torture treatment programs face unique fundraising challenges and opportunities in these competitive times.  

In this webinar we will hear from two organizations - one a stand-alone program, and one that is embedded within a larger organization - about how torture treatment programs can meet challenges and take advantage of opportunities in the current fundraising climate. 

Topics will include:  what are the tools that can help you develop an effective fundraising program in your organization; what are the advantages and disadvantages of being a program embedded in a larger

Organizational development with torture rehabilitation programs: An applied perspective

Kristi Rendahl, assistant professor & director, Nonprofit Leadership Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and organizational development consultant, CVT; and Pamela Kriege Santoso, project manager, Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) Project, CVT, have an article published in the journal Torture, titled “Organizational development with torture rehabilitation programs: An applied perspective.”

The Science of Empathy, Empathic Reflection, and Empathic Regulation in Clinical Care

Scientific studies of the clinical impact of empathy have mushroomed over the past decade. The neurosciences have been linking the brain to social behaviors. For many, empathic listening to the trauma stories of torture survivors is seen as being at the heart of therapy. This webinar presents a brief overview of the history and science of empathy. The discovery of the biological basis of empathy "the mirror neurons” will be discussed.

Using the ORR Program Data Points to Increase the Effectiveness of Programs

Description:

This webinar is for ORR Services for Survivors of Torture grantees.  In this session we will explore ways to use the ORR SOT Program Data Points to improve the effectiveness of SOT programs. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

Objectives:  

Staff of all disciplines are encouraged to attend. After the MIW, you will be able to:

  1. review the annual data reporting requirement including the newly required outcome indicators
  2. highlight the various uses of the data points including clinical progress, program evaluation, research, and grant reporting, and
  3. provide an opportunity

"Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN"

An article at the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Session Daily, “Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN,” quotes CVT’s Peter Dross, director of external relations, and Alison Beckman, senior clinician for external relations, and describes

Orientation for the ORR Services for Survivor of Torture Program (FY19-22)

Description:  This webinar provides ORR SOT grantees an overview of important aspects of working with ORR.  Included here are an introduction to new grantees, project highlights from several continuing grantees, and an update from the technical assistance grantee, the National Capacity Building Project.  ORR will review the performance progress, federal financial, and ORR data collection and reporting requirements. 

This webinar was facilitated by Tim Kelly
Program Officer, Survivors of Torture Program
Division of Refugee Health
Office of Refugee Resettlement                   

Organizational Sustainability Part 2: A View From 3 Perspectives

Description:

Nonprofit organizations are being challenged as never before to make efficient use of the financial, community and human resources available to them to more effectively serve their clients and expand their community impact. In this measured impact mini-course we examine organizational sustainability through three essential factors:  financial stability, partnership development, and staff retention.

Organizational Sustainability: A View from 3 Perspectives

Description:

Nonprofit organizations are being challenged as never before to make efficient use of the financial, community and human resources available to them to more effectively serve their clients and expand their community impact. In this measured impact mini-course we examine organizational sustainability through three essential factors:  financial stability, partnership development, and staff retention.

Survivors of Torture Integrated Care Continuum (SOT-ICC)

The SOT-ICC (Integrated Care Continuum for Survivors of Torture) Instrument was developed by the Center for Victims of Torture with support from the NCB project partners, Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma and NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture. The NCB technical assistance project is funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) through cooperative agreement number 90ZT0142.

http://healtorture.org/content/sot-icc-guide-and-instrument

Abstract-Oral Presentation: 2018 NCTTP Research Symposium. Testing New Models of Integrated Care for Survivors of Torture.

Integrated Behavioral Health Care with Survivors of Torture: Learning from the data and from each other

Programs that provide services to survivors of torture have a long history of delivering collaborative, holistic, and interdisciplinary care that takes into account the complex needs of torture survivors. We recently carried out a national needs assessment, which confirmed that the majority of programs that serve torture survivors provide some form of integrated behavioral health care (IBHC) and recognize that care coordination across multiple disciplines is vital to responding to the multifaceted needs of survivors of torture. In this two-part Measured Impact Webinar, we explore creating or further developing IBHC in your programs. We discuss how IBHC can enhance the quality of survivor care, foster engagement across disciplines, and improve health outcomes.

Medical Billing for SOT Programs

Programs that serve survivors of torture can earn income through medical billing. While setting up medical billing is complex, it provides valuable income that can help a program to extend its reach. Medical billing can be handled in-house, or can be outsourced. This table summarizes some of the advantages and disadvantages of handling medical billing in-house or by outsourcing.

 AdvantagesDisadvantages
In-house billing
  • retaining control over your billing
  • being able to answer questions and make changes quickly
  • having a predictable return on investment. 
 
  • cost of specialized medical billing tools

Healthy Organizations: Beyond Individual Self-Care

Burnout, secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue may be intimately familiar to clinicians, but they can also intersect in ways that seriously impact organizations. Torture affects us all. How do you stay healthy while doing this work? What organizational mechanisms and policies should be in place to promote wellness? What tools are available to measure organizational health?

ORR Funding in 2016

Description

In this webinar, the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Administration for Children and Families (ORR/ACF) and the National Capacity Building (NCB) Project, welcome the FY 2016-2018 Services for Survivors of Torture (SOT) program grantees and provide you with an overview of important aspects of the grant program.

During this webinar the direct service grantees and the technical assistance grantee are introduced, and staff from ORR/ACF provides an overview of the reporting requirements and the budget amendment process.  Information about the March 2016 SOT grantee meeting is provided.

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