RCT Field Manual on Rehabilitation

Produced by the Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Copenhagen (now called the Dignity Institute), this extensive document is intended to meet the need for sound, evidence-based and/or consensus-based advice in attempts to rehabilitate survivors of torture or organised violence. It is an attempt to provide practical recommendations for health workers at different skill levels, who are in difficult situations with little or no specialized professional help available. (Available in multiple formats at the Dignity Institute's web site, including a complete PDF.)

Helping Refugee Trauma Survivors in the Primary Care Setting

Written for primary health care providers who may be treating refugees or other survivors of war trauma and torture. Primary care physicians and providers often must identify and educate survivors before encouraging them to seek mental health services, if appropriate. The manual includes assessment questions for health care providers to ask patients and facilitate the treatment process.

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) is a private international health organization based in Denmark that supports the prevention of torture and the rehabilitation needs of torture survivors. IRCT published TORTURE journal and offers current news on torture-related issues. Their Web site offers access to a library database that includes information on the subject of torture, including torture prevention and torture rehabilitation.

Survivor Resources

There are thousands of torture survivors who recover from their trauma and lead very productive and vital lives.

If you are a survivor of torture and would like to seek medical, mental health, legal or social service assistance, please contact one of the Healing Centers nearest you.

If you are in urgent need of mental health assistance, please go to Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Find Treatment web page. This site offers information and a 24-hour Toll-free treatment referral helpline: 1-800-662-4357.

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition

Provider Resources

Providers of service to survivors of torture may work in the mental health, social service, legal, or medical fields.

There are also people working in the operation and administration of organizations serving torture survivors.

Please review the resources on the linked pages to learn more about these areas.

If you are a new employee in a program serving torture survivors, we suggest the following:


Survivors of torture often present for care in medical settings, and sometimes in torture treatment programs.  The medical portion of is primarily, but not exclusively, geared to primary care providers (PCPs) which includes family doctors, internists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  Other staff members in medical settings such as nurses and medical assistants can also facilitate survivors’ healing.

Domestic Healing Centers

NCB works with a number of torture treatment programs in the United States. The healing centers listed are either funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement or are members of NCTTP. Click on a pin to view information about a particular healing center and for a link to that center's information and website. Many, but not all, torture treatment centers in the United States are members of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Centers (NCTTP). 

For questions about NCTTP, please visit their website, or contact:

Hawthorne E. Smith, Ph.D.
President of National Consortium of Torture Treatment

Healing centers

There are Healing Centers in the United States and in other countries of the world. Click to view domestic or U.S. or International Healing Centers:


Domestic Healing Centers


 International Healing Centers