NPCT’s primary objective is to train social service providers to effectively identify, refer, assist and serve torture survivors.
Many professionals, such as social workers, teachers, doctors, nurses and mental health clinicians, are not trained and are generally unaware of the specific issues, treatments and referral needs that survivors of torture may have. For those communities with limited resources and access to training for professionals who serve the immigrant, refugee, asylee, and asylum-seeking population, NPCT provides a multi-faceted training program.
Trainings include needs assessments and evaluations; live training; on-site provider consultations; psycho-social educational groups and technical support.
- James Lavelle, LICSW
- Richard F. Mollic, M.D., M.A.R.
- Katherine Porterfield, Ph.D.
- Hawthorne Smith, Ph.D.
Training topics may include:
- Torture Overview
- Complex Marginalization and Trauma-Informed Service Provision
- Making a Specialized Referral
- The Trauma Story
- Empathy and Self-Care
- Measuring Trauma in a Primary Care Setting
- Multicultural Issues in Service Provision
- Resilience and Self-Sufficiency
- Working Effectively with Traumatized Children and Families
- Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture
- Overview of Innovations in the Cultural and Scientific Clinical Care of Survivors of Torture
- Marginalization and Safety: A Trauma-Informed Approach
- The Use of Screening Instruments: A door opener for Empathy and Self-care
- Burn out is Bad, Self Empathy is Good: Health Promotion Group Work with Torture Survivors
Trainings benefit organizations and professionals serving immigrant populations in communities where there are no specialized torture treatment centers. Priority areas include states that receive targeted assistance grants.
- State Agencies
- Public Health Systems
- Resettlement Agencies
- Mutual Aid Associations
- National Professional Associations
- Professional Disciplines include: Medical, Psychiatric, Psychological, Immigration Law, Social Work, Case Management