Therapy for Refugees and Torture Survivors: New H.E.A.R.T. Model Part 2


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Wednesday, 15 May 2019


In this second session of this two-part series, Richard Mollica will facilitate a conversation with Dr. Sebastian Ssempijja, Ph.D. CEO/Clinic Director, Sebastian Family Psychology Practice, LLC, and Laura Morrissette MA, LMHC, a therapist with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) who will use case studies to share their insights on using the H.E.A.R.T. model in a clinical setting and how it might compare with using a trauma sensitive meditation instruction approach.

Now available with closed captioning.


Staff of all disciplines are encouraged to attend. After the MIW, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Understand the magnitude of mental health problems for refugees
  2. Describe Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how it relates to working with survivors of torture
  3. Articulate the basic principles of hearing the trauma story
  4. Identify the key components of the H.E.A.R.T. model for therapy




  • Hanh Nhat, T. (2011). The long road turns to joy: A guide to walking meditation. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.
  • Kabat-Zinn, J., & University of Massachusetts Medical Center/Worcester. (1991). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. New York, N.Y: Dell Pub., a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub.
  • Main, J.(2006). Word into silence: A manual for Christian meditation. London: Canterbury Press Norwich.
  • Salzberg,S. (1995). Loving kindness: The revolutionary art of happiness. Boston, MA: Shambala.
  • Treleavan, D. (2018). Trauma sensitive mindfulness: Practices for safe and transformative healing. NYC, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.
  • MBSR Workbook for Anxiety. It comes with access to guided meditations on audio MP3s
  • A similar book by one of the same authors in Spanish this also comes with audio guided meditation




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