Serving Children who are Torture Survivors

This webinar, from 1/23/2008, features Amber Gray and Kate Porterfield.

This webinar is presented as a part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Wednesday, 23 January 2008


This webinar is intended for therapists working with children who are torture survivors or war traumatized, and it discusses two specific ways of working with these children therapeutically instead of discussing methods to broadly serve them. It also applies to therapists practicing Somatic Psychology and/or Dance Movement Therapy, though non-practitioners can include applicable elements in their own practices. By looking at different kinds of settings therapists might be in when working with war traumatized or tortured children and operating from these lenses, the goals of this webinar are to show how to understand what predicts how kids function after war, be able to use these predictors as a guideline for assessment of children in treatment, discuss techniques that work in a clinic-based environment such as storytelling, and discuss movement-based, experiential techniques that work in many environments. This webinar also includes case examples involving children from war zones regarding the application of these therapeutic tactics.


Bellvue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

Children & Youth section of

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

New Tactics in Human Rights Tactical notebook about working with child soldiers in post-war Mozambique

Restorative Resources Amber Elizabeth Gray's Website

Case Study of George at Restorative Resources


Gibson, K. (1989) Children in Political Violence. Social Science and Medicine 28(7).

Porterfield, K. and Akinsulure-Smith, A. Therapeutic Work with Children and Families. In Smith, H., Keller, A., & Lhewa, D., (Eds.) "...Like a Refugee Camp on First Avenue:" Insights and Experiences from the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. (pp. 299-335). New York, New York.


Minefields in Their Hearts: The Mental Health of Children in War and Communal Violence by Roberta Apfel (Editor), Bennett Simon (Editor)

Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment by Joy D. Osofsky (Editor)

Especially recommended chapter from the above book is the chapter entitled: Rainbows of Tears, Souls Full of Hope: Cultural Issues Related to Young Children and Trauma by Chandra Ghosh Ippen and Marva L. Lewis

My Name is…Stories and Art by Young Refugees in Minnesota Schools download the entire book below (16.5 MB - long download), or click here to order a hardcopy of the book

Developed for teachers to increase their understanding of refugee student experiences or to be used with mainstream students to increase their awareness of their peers’ experience. It can also be used by trained professionals in their work with refugee youth to help refugee students see that they are not alone in their experiences.


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