Group Work with Survivors of Torture: Engaging Communities

This Measured Impact Webinar is part of the National Capacity Building project series of webinars. It was presented on July 19, 2017 and features Hawthorne Smith and James Lavalle. 


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017


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.  We will examine what kind of consultative oversight may work for your organization and how distance supervision can facilitate these group endeavors.  
In the first session our experts will discuss the best practices in providing group work with survivors of torture in both an organization-based and community-based setting.
In the second session we will look how these interventions take place in real world setting; including the challenges and pitfalls.  We will invite discussion from the treatment community and elicit the participants’ own experiences.   
After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
1.      Identify potential  benefits associated with engaging community-based organizations and interventions in their group work with survivors of torture
2.      Cite key points and best practices in providing group work to survivors of torture
3.      Identify the essential components of distance supervision 


Hawthorne Smith 
Clinical Director
Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
New York, NY
James Lavelle
Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT)
Cambride, MA


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