Mental Health

New Publications in Intervention Journal

“A Field Report on the Pilot Implementation of Problem Management Plus with Lay Providers in an Eritrean Refugee Setting in Ethiopia” - This report covers a pilot training program that was conducted with paraprofessionals working with Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, focused on skills and delivery of the Problem Management Plus (PM+) intervention, which focuses on mental health needs in humanitarian crises, including COVID response. Authors Frezgi Gebrekristos, MA, EQUIP focal person, CVT Ethiopia-Tigray; Liyam Eloul, MA, clinical advisor; and Shannon Golden, PH.D., research associate; write about the project and lessons learned. Download the PDF here.

“Development of a Tool to Assess Competencies of Problem Management Plus Facilitators Using Observed Standardised Role Plays: The EQUIP Competency Rating Scale for Problem Management Plus”

CVT Literature Selection Q1 2021

This document is a resource for current literature, January through March, on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the area of social work that relates directly to the psychological well-being of these populations. The compilation below includes peer reviewed journal article citations in these areas and links to the publicly available abstracts and full text versions of these articles. It does not currently include articles on policy and advocacy.

For Providers on Telehealth.HHS.gov: New Telebehavioral Health Care Best Practice Guide

clipart of a person on a telehealth callTelehealth.HHS.gov has added a new best practice guide on telehealth for behavioral health care. Behavioral health – like other areas of health care – has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. It is now easier for mental health providers to offer and get reimbursed for telebehavioral health services. Telehealth can also make behavioral health services safer and more private and convenient for patients who can access care from their home. Find resources in the telebehavioral health best practice guide on getting started, developing a strategy, billing, preparing

CDC Article Highlights Trends in Health Centers’ Telehealth Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic

stockart of a telehealth session on a computerUsing data from 245 health centers that completed the voluntary weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey, a new CDC article reviews trends in telehealth use, including by U.S. Census region and urban/rural classification, during a 20-week period. Study results underscore the need to sustain expanded telehealth use among health centers and to continue to address barriers to telehealth adoption, particularly in the south and rural areas.

For more information about survey results—including links to dashboards—visit our Health Center COVID-19 Survey page.

CVT PATH Bibliography Q4 2020

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter of resources for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the area of social work that relates directly to the psychological well-being of these populations. The compilation below includes peer reviewed journal article citations in these areas and links to the publicly available abstracts and full text versions of these articles.

New SAMHSA Guidelines and Toolkit for Crisis Care

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published “Crisis Services: Meeting Needs, Saving Lives,” a compendium detailing crisis intervention services, best practices and related components of crisis services, for use by a wide array of community leaders and health care providers to work toward better outcomes for Americans in crisis.

Switchboard: New Information Guide on Preventing Occupational Hazards

Preventing Occupational Hazards by Promoting Organizational Resilience:

Refugee service providers are likely to experience occupational hazards, such as burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue, due to the nature of their work. During a pandemic, these hazards are more likely to occur. Switchboard's new information guide defines these hazards and includes organizational strategies for managing and addressing them so that staff can best support their clients and themselves. Click here to stream the accompanying webinar, which discusses both organizational and individual-level approaches. 

Fundamentals: Self Care Resources

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Publications:

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The HealTorture.org section on Self-Care contains a number of articles, tools, and other resources.

Barry, Jane; Dordevic, Jelena. What's the Point of the Revolution if We Can't Dance. WorldPulse Magazine. 2010-04-19. http://www.worldpulse.com/magazine/articles/whats-the-point-of-the-revolution-if-we-cant-dance?page=0,0. Accessed: 2010-04-19. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5p6nQs1k5)

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Therapy and Justice Presentation Recording and Resources

In light of the recent events, there is a greater need now than ever to examine power and bias within therapy as well as amplify a multitude of perspectives on healing outside of Western, Eurocentric theories and ideologies. Robin Chancer, LCSW, a psychotherapist at Program for Torture Victims (PTV), presented on "Therapy and Justice: Unpacking Western Bias and Expanding Healing" back on August 10 and the recording and resources were shared. 

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Telemedicine in Mental Health

The National Capacity Building (NCB) Project at the Center for Victims of Torture is pleased to announce a two-part on-demand learning experience on using telehealth to provide mental health services for survivor of torture clients. This is an opportunity to learn about implementing telemental health from one of the foremost experts in the US on providing telemental health services and then connect with your colleagues to delve more deeply into the nuanced questions and dilemmas specific to delivery of services torture survivors via telemental health.  

  • Part One: Presentation and Interview by Eugene Augusterfer 
  • Part Two: Online Forum

Description

We start with a presentation by Eugene Augusterfer on the basics of providing mental health services through tele-health followed by an in-depth interview where Mr. Augusterfer answers questions on implementing telemental health in SOT programs. This presentation will help you understand what telemental health is; what technology is needed; what providers need to know to deliver telemental health effectively;  and includes protocols for both providers and clients that will help assure success.

Tele-Therapy Regulations

(Updated 7/1/2020)

There have been changes to teletherapy regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay up to date with the links below. Please check your state and local regulations and verify any information before moving forward with any tele-health platform.

Tele-Therapy Software

(Updated 6/25/2020)

Below are some tele-health software and tips shared with us by a variety of different organizations through various channels including NCB's Advisory Group and our listserv. Please check your state and local regulations and verify any information before moving forward with any platform. If you would like to share information with us to post, please email Ann Lundberg, NCB Logistics and Communications Coordinator, at alundberg@cvt.org.

Physicians for Human Rights: Watch their Science-driven Solutions for Combating COVID-19 webinars

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Science-driven Solutions for Combating COVID-19: Mental Health Impacts with Dr. Gail Saltz and Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz

On April 2, 2020, in the third installment of their ongoing webinar series, “Science-driven Solutions for Combating COVID-19,” psychiatrists and PHR board members Drs. Gail Saltz and Kerry Sulkowicz held a discussion on the mental health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. This discussion focuses on tips for self-care as we adapt to the new norms of physical distancing, working from home, and as some of us face anxieties related to the uncertainty of the pandemic. Watch their

Intensive psychotherapy and case management for Karen refugees with Major Depression in primary care: a pragmatic randomized control trial

The article can be found here: Intensive psychotherapy and case management for Karen refugees with Major Depression in primary care: a pragmatic randomized control trial, in the journal BMC Family Practice. The authors of the study are Andrea K. Northwood, Maria M. Vukovich, Alison Beckman, Jeffrey P. Walter, Novia Josiah, Leora Hudak, Kathleen O’Donnell Burrows, James P. Letts and Christine C. Danner.

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