Children

CVT Jordan: Using Stories to Break Silence

Torture and war can have a negative effect on communication within a family. To address this, CVT staff in Jordan conducted innovative storytelling counseling sessions with two groups of fathers and teenagers. The theme focused on “breaking the silence” to help improve communication among Iraqi refugees who have survived torture and war trauma.

Educational Rights of Children Affected by Homelessness and/or Domestic Violence

An excellent resource created for Massachusetts but which may be useful to practitioners in other states as well, this book covers:

  • the effects of violence and/or homelessness on children in school
  • the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance act
  • keeping children safe at their selected school
  • special education for homeless children affected by domestic violence
  • appealing shelter placements that are too far from a child's school

Mental Health Tools

Several evaluation and assessment tools have been developed by torture rehabilitation experts. Below is a list of the most common tools. Some of these have been translated, but not all translations have been validated.  
Please contact the appropriate organization to learn more about each tool and for permission to use the tools.

Mental Health First Aid Kit

SAMHSA’s Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs has compiled a very useful compliation of mental health resources in this Mental Health First Aid Kit. 

Laura Bennett Murphy, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology, Westminster College
Consultant, Utah Health and Human Rights

Presentation

Disrupted attachments: how torture threatens the fabric of family life (video + power point)

Dr. Bennett Murphy discusses ways in which torture undermines the development of secure attachments within families and the impact of insecure and disorganized attachments on overall adaptation and risk throughout the lifespan.

Theresa Betancourt, PhD

Salem professor in global practice and director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at Boston College

Presentation

Studies of adversity, resilience, and child mental health (video + power point)

Dr. Betancourt discusses resilience, protective factors and mental illness in children (family systems) impacted by trauma, violence and/or chronic adversity.  Dr.

Ernestine Briggs King, PhD

Director, Trauma Treatment Program at Center for Child Family Health (CCFH), Durham, NC
Project Director, National Child Traumatic Stress Network Community Practice Site at CCFH
Director, Data and Evaluation Program at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Duke University

Presentation

Trauma focused assessment and treatment for children (video + power point)

Dr. Briggs King discusses assessment and treatment planning for children impacted by trauma, chronic stress and violence.

Laura Murray, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Presentation

Evidence-based treatment models in trauma work with children, adolescent and families (webinar - requires login)

Dr. Murray presents key decision points and considerations when choosing a child/youth focused intervention strategy for families affected by torture and severe trauma.

Kate Porterfield, PhD; and Amber Gray, MPH, LCPP

Kate Porterfied, PhD

Staff psychologist, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

Chair, American Psychological Association Task Force on the psychosocial effects of war on children residing in the United States

Amber Gray, MPH, LCPP

Owner, Restorative Resources

Presentation

Serving Children who are Torture Survivors (webinar)

This webinar includes a discussion of assessment strategies, including somatic and expressive modalities, that can be used with children and families impacted by torture and severe trauma. Case examples are included to highlight assessment and practice suggestions.

Expert presentations

  • Kate Porterfield, PhD, & Amber Gray, MPH, LCPP: This webinar includes a discussion of assessment strategies, including somatic and expressive modalities, that can be used with children and families impacted by torture and severe trauma. Case examples are included to highlight assessment and practice suggestions.
  • Laura Murray, PhD: Dr. Murray presents key decision points and considerations when choosing a child/youth focused intervention strategy for families affected by torture and severe trauma.

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