Narrative Exposure Therapy for Torture Survivors in Exile: Overview and Adaptations

This session presents a brief theoretical and practical overview of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), which has emerged in recent years as a promising evidence-based treatment for PTSD in torture survivors. The presentation will assume familiarity and skill with exposure treatments and is designed for psychotherapists.  The overview covers the theoretical background for NET, basic components of the method, and references for some of the current research supporting NET.

Improving Well-Being for Refugees in Primary Care: A Toolkit for Providers

CVT’s NEW Toolkit for Providers Working with Refugees

Meet Paw, a refugee from Burma seeking medical care in the U.S. for her headaches, nightmares and physical pain. She’s unfamiliar with the U.S. primary care system and she doesn’t speak English. Waiting alone at her first doctor appointment, Paw wonders, “How will the doctor understand me? What if I don’t like my interpreter? Will I ever be healthy again?” Paw’s questions don’t end there. They’re only a few of several listed in in CVT’s new manual, “Improving Well Being for Refugees in Primary Care: A Toolkit for Providers.”  Paw is a fictional character whose real-life experiences mirror those of clients in CVT’s Healing Hearts program.

Fundamentals: Working With Interpreters: Resources


Angelelli, C. V. (2004). Medical Interpreting and Cross-Cultural Communication. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Carr, S. E., Roberts, R., & Dufour, A. (Eds.). The Critical Link: Interpreters in the Community: Papers from the First International Conference on Interpreting in Legal, Health, and Social Services. John Benjamins Pub. Co.

Duffy, K. & Veltri, D. (1998). Interpreting in Therapy: Getting Out of the Way. VIEWS, 15 (4).

Gunther, M. (1994). Counter-transference Issues in Staff Caregivers who Work to Rehabilitate Catastrophic-Injury

Mental Health Interpretation: Program Structures and Funding Challenges

This webinar, from the National Partnership in Community Training, provides an overview of three different program structures and approaches to providing interpretation, discusses effective sourcing and training for mental health interpreters, and identifies common challenges to identifying and accessing funding interpretation for mental health.

See also: the NPCT information guide of the same name. 

Mental Health Interpretation: Program Structures and Funding Challenges

This Information Guide examines the following topics:

  • interpretation funding challenges
  • examples of where and how programs can source interpreters
  • the importance of training interpreters for mental health appointments
  • practical implementation ideas for your own programming

With this Information Guide, you will be able to:

  • Explore helpful ways to increase your program's interpretation pool by reviewing our chart of pros and cons of different interpreters and community outreach engagement activities 
  • Outline your own interpreter training curriculum with a few guidelines to lead you along the way,


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