Registration Now Open for Harvard Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program

Registration Now Open for Harvard Global Mental Health:Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program

Harvard Medical School Intensive Online Training In Principles and Practices in Global Mental Health

April 25 - May 6, 2022

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and the Harvard Medical School Department of Global and Continuing Education accredits an exciting two (2) week online certificate program in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery. This course will provide you with knowledge and skills to provide clinical care, programs, and policy to highly traumatized patients, and communities.

Applying Ambiguous Loss Theory to Torture Survivors: A Conversation with Pauline Boss

Description: Survivors of torture have endured multiple and often catastrophic losses – loved ones, home, identity, culture. Some of these may be understood as Ambiguous Losses – a loss that occurs without closure or clear understanding.   According to Dr. Pauline Boss “Human relationships are ruptured indefinitely by ambiguous loss, causing trauma and frozen grief. While discussions of this unique kind of loss are relatively new in professional texts and training courses, the ambiguous loss model is now being applied and researched widely in the United States and internationally.”


Archived Webinar: Strengthening Refugee Integration through Community Resource Mapping

This is an archived webinar, from July 8, 2019. To watch the recorded webinar click here.

By the end of this 60-minute session, you will be able to:

• Identify the advantages of community resource mapping;
• Describe how to determine which

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: Holistic Care Planning Resources


Bojholm, S., & Vesti, P. (1992). Multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of torture survivors. In Basoglu, M., Ed., Torture and its consequences: Current treatment approaches. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Brown, R. A. (2001). The wraparound process. In P. Lehmann & N. Coady, Eds., Theoretical perspectives for direct social work practice. New York: Springer.

Engstrom, D. W., & Okamura, A.

Fundamentals: Legal Services Resources


 Immigration Dynamics - Processes, Challenges and Benefits.pdf (155.312 KB)

Advocates for Human Rights Pro Bono Asylum Representation Manual

Asylum Officer Basic Training Course Lesson Plan on Interviewing Survivors

Germain, R., AILA’s Asylum Primer:  A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure (7th Ed. 2015) - available for purchase
Preface available to read online here
Excerpt of Chapter 2: US Asylum Law available to read online here

Wilkinson, John, “Immigration Dynamics: Processes, Challenges, and Benefits,” in Smith, Hawthorne, Keller, Alan, and  Lhewa, DW, eds.

Group Work with Survivors of Torture: Engaging Communities

Group interventions can have a number of benefits for organizations providing services to survivors of torture and their clients, but can also present unique challenges. For many organizations the ability to extend their work with survivors of torture through community-based organizations may be a useful approach.  Using a consultative model, this two-part webinar series will look at what SoT programs can do to create their own group interventions, as well as working effectively with community–based organizations to facilitate interventions in the larger community.

Measured Impact Webinars

In 2019 NCB will offer one stand alone and three mini-courses that combine a Measured Impact Webinar with an expert-led e-consultation group.  The topics for these sessions will include Evidence Based Practices in torture treatment, holistic sustainability, and integrated care.  More structured than previous NCB webinars, these sessions will offer you, as learners, pre- and post-knowledge assessments and the opportunity to dive deeper into the webinar content in the follow up consultation groups.

Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture Orientation Group 4-Week Group Therapy Manual for Clinicians

This manual, developed by Nancy Murakami, LCSW,  Hawthorne Smith, PhD, Katherine Porterfield, PhD, Maile O'Hara, PhD, and Melba Sullivan, PhD of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture is based on PSOT’s short-term, supportive, psycho-educational group therapy model.  Called the Orientation Group, this model was developed to address the psychosocial and adaptational needs for a population of survivors of torture and severe war trauma presenting to a clinic in a metropolitan public hospital.

For more information on this Orientation Group, and how the model can be used by torture

Alison Beckman, MSW, LICSW

Ms. Beckman is a senior clinician for external relations at the Center for Victims of Torture focusing on public policy and advocacy. Project entitled: Healing Hearts, Creating Hope; Exploring the Efficacy of Integrated Mental Health Services for New Refugees. She has worked at CVT headquartered in St. Paul, MN., for 18 years in a variety of capacities. Previously, she provided psychological evaluation and treatment services to survivors of torture in group and individual capacities in Minnesota, serving as a clinical supervisor in the later years.

Abbey Weiss, PsyD, LP

Psychotherapist and Trainer, The Center for Victims of Torture

Dr. Abbey Weiss is a psychotherapist and trainer at The Center for Victims of Torture. Dr. Weiss obtained her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Twin Cities. She is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology as a Licensed Psychologist. At the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), Dr. Weiss has a position as a psychotherapist providing psychological evaluation and treatment services for clients.

Nancy Pearson

Ms. Pearson, MSW, received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Sociology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and her Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a member of the New Tactics in Human Rights team from 2003 to the present, serving as the Project Manager from 2006 through 2011, and the New Tactics Training Manager since 2012. Ms. Pearson has provided extensive trainings – face-to-face as well as virtual online courses – using the New Tactics Strategic Effectiveness Method to strengthen and build the strategic and tactical

Marianne Philbin

Executive Director, Pierce Family Foundation

Marianne Philbin is the executive director of Pierce Family Foundation and a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations, specializing in planning, evaluation and organizational development. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and is a frequent trainer on nonprofit management issues. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, she was Development Director for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge; Executive Director of The Chicago Foundation for Women; and Executive Director of The Peace Museum.

Joan Hodges-Wu, MA, LGSW

Joan is the Founder & Executive Director of AsylumWorks, a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to empower asylum seekers and other refugees to rebuild their lives safely and with dignity. Joan is a nationally recognized clinical case management subject matter expert, a regular ORR advisor, and the lead author of the SOT-PWI. Joan is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and holds a Masters in Refugee Care and a Masters in Social Work.



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