Friday, January 19th, 2018

E-Learning Course

Registration is now closed – materials will be made available shortly after the course is finished.


NPCT’s free e-learning course is designed to bring like-minded individuals together to delve into relevant topics and create sustainable action items to address those topics.  Based on national feedback from service providers and resettlement staff, NPCT has tailored this year’s content to two student groups (cohorts): refugee community leaders and licensed mental health professionals. The course will include accessing subject matter experts directly; networking with national colleagues about best practices; acquiring new skills, resources, and tools for better client outcomes; and participating in a 3-month mentorship program after the E-Learning course.



Cohort 1: Refugee Community Leaders, “Harnessing Leadership and Resilience”

  1. Develop and build upon refugee leaders’ leadership skills to enhance resiliency.
  2. Discover how leadership skills can transform negative experiences.
  3. Explore the process of moving from maladaptive responses to past trauma (as seen in the DSM-V) to pro-social change.

Cohort 2: Mental Health Clinicians, “Enhancing Mental Health through Mindfulness”

  1. Explore how to implement mindfulness-based practices for self-care, client stabilization, and the therapeutic alliance with refugee clients.
  2. Describe the importance and effectiveness of including somatic and movement-based practices when working clinically with refugee and survivor of torture clients.
  3. Discuss the intersection of mindfulness and somatic approaches with the fundamental practice of breath.
  4. Learn how to incorporate skills learned throughout the course into commonly used or mainstream therapeutic modalities.


Cohort 1 Presenter: Isabelle Darling, MSW

Isabelle Darling, MSW has over 15 years’ experience working with communities impacted by violence and trauma, specifically within refugee and survivors of torture populations. Through her experiences providing mental health and social support to those exposed to trauma, she has learned the experts in the room are always those receiving services. Isabelle Darling provides pathways to empowerment to those that have been categorized as marginalized. Through providing leadership trainings, Isabelle Darling aims to transform the labels “at-risk,” “disenfranchised,” “fragile,” “victimized” into “community leaders,” “educators,” “advocates,” “change-makers,” and “ambassadors.” She uses leadership trainings to find lessons in the trauma to guide communities to end cycles of violence and build positive community change.

Isabelle Darling’s leadership training programs include the development of a community health outreach program at the International Institute of New England in Lowell, MA. This program trained refugee community leaders on health issues impacting the refugee community, provided solution-focused resources to community health needs, and taught essential leadership skills to refugees. From presentation skills, event planning, advocacy, and community mapping, refugee leaders were equipped with the tools necessary to spread accurate and useful health information to refugee communities. Isabelle Darling has also facilitated refugee women’s mental health groups where mothers discovered how to harness the power of motherhood into everyday leadership opportunities. Isabelle Darling is currently developing an online community that will support refugees to become community leaders through mentorship, daily practices of mindfulness, physical health, and leadership skill development to enhance positive community change locally and globally.

Currently working as the clinical lead mental health consultant at the National Partnership for Community Training and a Contract Program Monitor at ACF’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, Isabelle Darling is honored to be working with phenomenal leaders within and on behalf of the refugee community. Inspired by scholar, artist, and activist Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, she aims not to “be a voice for the voiceless” but to simply “pass the mic.”


Cohort 2 Presenter: Amber Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, LPCC, NCC

Amber Gray is an award-winning Dance Movement Therapist who has worked in refugee mental health and torture treatment since 1998. She has served as a senior clinician, a clinical director, a director and the founding program coordinator for torture treatment and refugee mental health programs in Colorado, Haiti and New Mexico. She was a Clinical Advisor to The Center for Victims of Torture for two years, and has consulted and provided clinical training on refugee mental health, torture treatment and creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies with survivors and refugees to more than 30 programs worldwide since the 1990’s.She also assists governmental and non-governmental organizations to create staff support programs to support first responders and humanitarian response workers in post-disaster and complex humanitarian emergency contexts, that integrate “alternative” and innovative approaches.

As a pioneer for the use of Somatic Psychology, Dance Movement Therapy and Continuum Movement with survivors of torture and refugees, Amber’s expertise in “alternative” and creative arts therapies is represented in many published articles and chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. She originated a resiliency-based framework and practice (Restorative Movement Psychotherapy) for mind-heart-spirit, somatic, movement and arts-based therapies with survivors of trauma in cross cultural, low resource contexts, and is co-developing Polyvagal-informed Dance Movement Therapy with Dr. Porges, based on the wisdom of whole body intelligence. She currently is Director of Restorative Resources Training and Consulting and Executive Director of The Kint Institute’s Certificate Program for the Arts in Trauma Treatment.


Time Commitment and Participation Requirement

The course will last two (2) weeks and will take about 7 hours per week. Internet access is required in order to participate in course work.

Each segment of the course will consist of an in-depth look at each topic. Each week participants will engage in activities including live classroom presentations and facilitated discussions with the subject matter expert, interactive activities, and discussions with experts and colleagues. Participants are expected to commit fully to this course. Each participant is required to attend each live classroom session, complete assigned tasks, and engage in a 3 month course mentorship program.


Eligibility Requirements

Cohort 1 Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for entry into Cohort 1: Refugee Community Leaders, applicants must 1) currently hold or have previously held refugee status and 2) currently serve in a leadership capacity.  Qualifying leadership positions may be on the individual level (e.g., refugee mother attending college), the community level (e.g., refugee community association member, group facilitator or interpreter) or the state or national level (e.g., health coordinator, administrator, policy maker).


Cohort 2 Eligibility Requirements

This course’s content will be tailored for mental health professionals providing therapeutic services to refugee clientele who want to incorporate embodied or mindfulness techniques. Applicants must be providing therapy or counseling for refugee clients *or* planning to do so in the near future. All backgrounds and concentrations (psychiatry, social work, traditional healing, etc.) are welcome to register, as the techniques taught in this course can apply to all mental health disciplines.


Limited Space

Enrollment will be limited to fifteen (15) participants per cohort.




Certificates of completion will be provided for participants that complete the course and meet all mandatory requirements of the course within the required time frame.



3-Month Mentorship Program

This E-Learning course will provide support for participants even past the 2-week live instruction. NPCT will offer one hour-long consultation each month for 3 months after the E-Learning course ends. This mentorship component is meant to assist students in their implementation process of the course’s curriculum. Students will have access to the course’s subject matter experts during these monthly calls to ask questions and describe current strategies.


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