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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.

Therapy for Refugees and Torture Survivors: New H.E.A.R.T. Model Part 1

In this first session of our  Measured Impact Webinar (MIW) mini-course, "Therapy for Refugees and Torture Survivors: New H.E.A.R.T. (Healing Environment and Restorative Therapy)" Dr. Richard Mollica of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma  introduces the H.E.A.R.T. model of care in working with survivors of torture. Dr. Mollica  describes the H.E.A.R.T. model and how the concepts contained in it may provide a different way of thinking about therapy with survivors of torture.

"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

Boundaries in the Electronic Age

With the cell phone, tablets, home computers, and the internet social services and health care have undergone radical changes in the last two decades. This webinar will examine ethical and professional practice issues related to this evolution in methods of communication.  Use of internet searches on clients, communication via texting, the use of blogs and help sites, friending on social media sites, will be discussed along with things which may require the development of program policies and/or standards.

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CVT Physioptherapists Featured in Groundbreaking New Book

A new text book, Physiotherapy in Mental Health and Psychiatry, features CVT’s dynamic approach to physical therapy for survivors of torture and trauma. Read the article.

One Person's Healing Can Help Many Others, Even Babies

Teresia Macharia, psychosocial counselor at CVT Nairobi, wrote this article about her work with survivors, including teenage girls who became mothers as a result of rape.

CVT Expands Atlanta Presence

Expansion of the CVT Atlanta Center Means New Support for Survivors. Read the article

The Quiet Epidemic: Mental Disorders in Refugees

A February 16 story on WIRED explores challenges related to mental health issues in limited resource areas, and featured members of CVT international staff.

Bellevue Program Featured in Vice Article

HealTorture.com partner the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture was featured in a February 8 article by Serena Solomon.

Running for their lives

This excellent feature by the Washington Post shares the stories of Ethiopian torture survivors in the Washington, D.C. area. The survivors in this story are all highly talented runners, and used athletic events in the U.S. as a way to escape oppression in Ethiopia.

Seeking Justice Against Perpetrators with CJA

By CVT intern Leah Owens

“Survivors of torture around the world will not be silenced. With the help of CJA we are rising up to hold our abusers accountable under the law. CJA’s victories are bringing us closer to a world in which state-sponsored torture is unacceptable.”

-Rigoberta Menchú Tum,

Community Gardening in Torture Treatment

Many torture survivor rehabilitation centers in the U.S. strive to recreate a home-like atmosphere for clients – from hanging indigenous textiles on the walls to displaying small handicrafts from around the world.

Ann Marie Willhoite

Ann Marie Willhoite, MA Counseling Psychology

International Clinical Advisor, The Center for Victims of Torture

Ms. Willhoite has worked for the past couple years as an international clinical advisor for mental health in CVT’s International Services programs, where she oversees capacity building of mental health services for torture treatment centers around the world, provides clinical supervision for embedded psychologists, and works on global mental health advocacy in Washington. Previously, Ms.

Thomas Buckley

Dr. Buckley is Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, where he coordinates the Public Health & Healthcare Policy course and co-coordinates the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience program. He is a clinical consultant and evaluator for the Khmer Health Advocates, a Cambodian-American healthcare organization in West Hartford, CT, where he also is a preceptor for students on clincial healthcare rotations.

Stories from the Field 4

This episode of Stories from the Field features Jean Abbott from the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis, speaking about how she came to work in the field of torture treatment through the refuge movement, founded the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis, and what keeps her in the field: the compelling relationships that help in healing.

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