Friday, December 19th, 2014

National Symposium: Connecting Leaders, Impacting Communities & Sustaining Programs: Strengthening the National Torture Treatment Network

SAVE THE DATE!

April 27-28, 2015

University of Miami
Miami, FL

Join us April 27-28, 2015!

Interactive Modules I Actionable Workshops I Strategic Networking

As programs are created, expanded and optimized with ever-shrinking resources, it is critical that refugee service and torture treatment providers address not only holistic practices in refugee mental health, but also the components of building and expanding sustainable programs and networks both regionally and nationally.

The National Partnership for Community Training, a partnership between the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture, the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture, is joining the University of Miami School of Law’s Human Rights Clinic to invite you to a 2-day National Symposium during which leading experts in the field will introduce and demonstrate tools and techniques for creating robust torture treatment and refugee mental health programs.

The Symposium will address considering non- traditional program structures, implementing meaningful partnerships, and integrating clinical and legal approaches, while experts will also address current thematic issues in torture treatment, such as working with interpreters and designing orientation curricula.

As providers, we have a responsibility to be aware of what is working for our colleagues and clients in the field. Not only is it imperative for direct services, it also informs advocacy efforts, grant proposals and community, regional, and national responses to the refugee, asylum seeker, and asylee experience.

CEUs will be provided!

Application for continuing education is pending. Provider 50-190, Expiration 2015

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

We now invite contributions from scholars and clinicians from across the disciplines, to present any best or promising approaches to implementing refugee mental health programs and working with survivors of torture.
All topics related to holistic approaches with survivors of torture and trauma will be considered, but preferred topics include:

  • Measurement & evaluation for impact (M&E strategies for programs/ how to increase and measure programmatic impact)
  • Advocacy through a public health lens (educating clients/ educating public with facts/ reclaiming the concept of advocacy)
  • LGBTQ issues in resettled refugee communities
  • Working with interpreters
  • Political strategy (Political advocacy for torture survivors)

Submission Process:

  •  A title and 250-word abstract to: Melodie Kinet: mkinet@gcjfcs.org
  • A short biography
  • Proposals for 75 minute sessions, workshops, roundtables, etc. also encouraged
  • Abstracts should include 3 learning objectives and at least on interactive exercise
  • Deadline: January 9, 2015
  • Decision notification: January 16, 2015. The conference registration fee will be waived for presenters

We are interested in what approaches are working and invite those working in the field to submit an abstract. Regional and state refugee health coordinators, program directors, entrepreneurs in the torture field, social workers, health professionals, lawyers, educators, ESL teachers, therapists, faith leaders, refugee groups and other trauma-related professions will be encouraged to attend.

Registration information will be provided soon!

 

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Building Awareness, Skills & Knowledge: A Community Response to the Torture Survivor Experience

The National Partnership for Community Training, in collaboration with Lutheran Social Services South Dakota, will be hosting a training on September 10 -11, 2014 in Sioux Falls, SD for providers who serve the immigrant, refugee, asylee, and asylum-seeking populations.

Many professionals, such as social workers, teachers, doctors, nurses and mental health clinicians, may not have been trained in, and are generally unaware of, the specific issues, treatments and referral needs that survivors of torture can pose. 

This training includes presentations from a nationally-recognized expert in the torture treatment field from the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture and in the substance abuse treatment field from Florida International University.

There is no charge for the training, but registration is required.

Registration deadline has been extended to Friday, August 29, 2014 or when we reach capacity.

 CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Strengthening the Congolese Community: Background, Resettlement, and Treatment – Information Guide

Congolese refugees have fled repeatedly over the last 15 years as various rebel groups have added to the unrest. As of January 2013, UNHCR reported over 509,000 Congolese refugees and 56,000 asylum seekers residing outside the country and approximately 2.6 million internally displaced people. Congolese refugees are not new to the US. About 13,000 Congolese have been resettled since 2001 with 65% of arrivals coming in the last four years.

This Information Guide offers some background and practical considerations for preparing for Congolese arrivals. In addition, this information guide offers a one page guide to a trauma informed and culturally syntonic approach to service provision, which assists in de-stigmatizing the Congolese and strengthens your role in helping them to become better contributing and functioning members of the community.

This Information Guide was based on the webinar, Strengthening the Congolese Community: Background, Resettlement, and Treatment, which was originally hosted by NPCT on December 11, 2013.

Download the Information Guide – Strengthening the Congolese Community: Background, Resettlement, and Treatment.

View the webinar.

Download a PDF of the PowerPoint slides here.

The International Rescue Committee has also released a Backgrounder on Congolese Women and Girls. Experiences of Refugee Women and Girls from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Learning from IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Programs in DRC, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda.

 

Substance Abuse and the Torture Survivor Experience

The varying degrees of trauma experienced by refugees and torture survivors can have physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral effects. In order to cope, forget, or ignore the impact of violent conflict, flight, resettlement, and adjustment some refugees and torture survivors may turn to substance use.

The objectives of this webinar are to:

  1. introduce the theories and model pertaining to substance abuse
  2. offer guidance in identifying, diagnosing, referring, and treating substance abuse within the refugee and torture survivor community
  3. address the apprehension of some social service providers in addressing substance abuse
  4. address the stigma and cultural norms associated with substance abuse
  5. offer best practices for dealing with substance abuse

The presenters are:

Eric F. Wagner, Ph.D., Director of Florida International University’s Community Based Intervention Research Group

Richard Mollica, M.D., M.A.R., Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Click the slide below to view the webinar.

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Download a PDF of the slides here.

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United Nations – World Refugee Day 2013

There are over 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world. World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

Join us at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center Building Lobby, 111 NW 1st St. in Miami, FL on Friday, June 14th from 10:00 AM -2:30 PM

This event is free to the public and will include Presentation of Proclamations, Children’s Activities, Music, Resources, Networking, and Awards

For more information download the flyer in English or in Espanol

www.worldrefugeeday.us

UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The Florida Center for Survivors of Torture and The Florida Holocaust Museum
cordially invites you to the Tampa Bay premiere of the documentary
Beneath the Blindfold on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Click for more information on “Beneath the Blindfold” or to download the flyer

Beneath the Blindfold

Raising Awareness of the Refugee Experience

When we think about trauma, it’s difficult to imagine the scope of what Pittsburgh’s refugee community has been through. These individuals and families have fled their homes from fear of persecution, imprisonment or death simply because of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Many have faced unspeakable and unimaginable acts of torture and trauma. Some enter the United States with little or no education or English, and some have spent their entire lives in refugee camps. Our refugees’ stories can truly make us feel grateful for our freedoms.

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World Refugee Day in Tampa Day

Check this awesome video of the Tampa Bay World Refugee Day event last year. Looking forward to another fabulous even this year on June 16th!!

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Community Mapping Project

The Florida Center for Survivors of Torture and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service present the Community Mapping Project Resource Guide: Working with Refugees and Immigrants in Miami-Dade County.

You can view it here.

2nd Annual CANFF RYFP Cup (August 19, 2011)

Join our Refugee Youth and Family Program for the 2nd Annual CANFF (Can Fútbol Foundation) Cup on August 19th! You can view the flyer here.