Group Work with Survivors of Torture: Engaging Communities e-Consultation

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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 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.

This e-consultation is the second part of a Measured Impact Webinar; it is part of the National Capacity Building project series of webinars. It was presented on July 26, 2017 and features Hawthorne Smith of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, James Lavalle of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and Sarah Holliday and Josepha Ntakirutimana, both with the International Rescue Committee, Tuscon, AZ. 


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017


This e-consultation follows the webinar on Group Work with Survivors of Torture: Engaging Communities. See that webinar for additional resources and learning objectives.

The discussion focuses on these questions and issues:

  • How did your organization determine that you would implement group work? 
  • How did your organization determine what kinds of groups you would implement? 
  • What challenges have you encountered in implementing your group and how have you addressed them?
  • What insights have you gained in doing group work? 
  • What are the challenges of doing Group work with SOTs in two languages?
  • How do you evaluate your outcomes in Groups designed for SOTs?


Measures that were referenced in this session 

Harvard Trauma Questionnaire:  HTQ-16, HTQ-25 
Webinar:  “Enhancing Empathy by Measuring Torture Symptoms with Survivors”
This is the first part of a two-part training on how to use screening tools with survivors of torture to achieve more than just data collection. The second part of the training - an e-consultation with the same experts - is not recorded to enhance confidentiality. The presenters are experts from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Northwest Health and Human Rights, and the Marjorie Kovler Center. This page contains information on the RHS-15, HTQ-R, HSCL-25, PHQ-9, PHQ-2.   

Traumatic Brain Injury: 

NCB TBI webinar series: See these links also for a number of other references on resources for TBI
“History and Evidence of Traumatic Head Injury (THI): Basic Concepts and Principles in the Care of Torture Survivors with THI” 
“Screening for Traumatic Head Injury in a Basic Clinic Setting”
“Family and Patient Support: New Approaches to Fostering Dialogue and Hope”
Missouri's Health Department has an Adult Brain Injury program that local SOT service providers are looking to as a resource for their clients. 



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