Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Implementation Tools and Resources



Take 15 Tool

The “Take 15” Tool is a refugee-specific, client engagement tool that provides a breakdown of a fifteen minute encounter. This tool uses a quick, yet thoughtful approach for physicians, mental health providers, and/or case managers working with refugees on a limited work schedule. By breaking down a 15 minute appointment or informal interaction with a refugee client, it can bring clarity and awareness to the unique relationship between providers and clients/patients. Consider using this tool if you only have 15 minutes with a client *or* as an introductory piece to a longer conversation.

Share with your local screening clinic and any provider new to working with refugees!

Landscape Analysis

This Landscape Analysis tool may be utilized by your resettlement office and your community as you develop refugee mental health programming. By completing these questions, you can locate existing resources in your community related to emotional health and well-being of refugees. We recommend completing this in a community stakeholder meeting and/or in a participatory process with community members.  Responses to these questions can be a powerful tool to bring people together to share resources, and determine avenues where people can begin to support (or share) the development of psychosocial services benefiting refugees. This Landscape Analysis tool was developed by the Pathways to Wellness project in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. –Pathways to Wellness and International Rescue Committee



The EcoMap is a version of a tool within the field of social work called a “Genogram.” These tools are readily used to aid in identifying program relationships to external systems.  While eco-maps and genograms are commonly used with individual and family work, this graphic has been adapted to aid your agency in building a landscape analysis by visualizing the connections your program has and can develop to local and national partners.

Suggestions for use: At your next staff meeting, provide this eco-map to staff. Ask staff to draw the type of relationship (see key on eco-map) they believe your agency has with each circle. Ask staff to answer questions and identify the themes that arise. NOTE: one circle is blank for your edit. Make this your own.

Consider the questions that were raised at the end of the Webinar: Mental Health Screening Tools and Referral Networks.


Ahmed Refugee Family

See our newest learning tool and the reasoning behind utilizing a family as a visual representative of a refugee family, The Ahmed Family.


Division of Refugee Assistance (DRA) Assignment Chart

The DRA Chart will allow you to view the current regional representatives, state analysts, and other contacts closest to your organization or program.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Regional Administrators Map

This SAMHSA Map provides a visual aide for each SAMHSA region within the United States and a description of the roles SAMHSA’s regional administrators play.


Mental Health Screening Tools

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network produced a list of various tools utilized with various refugee groups.



Utah’s Department of Health produced an analysis of refugee mental health interpretation within the state.


Community Training Toolkit

NPCT’s Community Training Toolkit advances promising practices in the torture treatment field.


Training Curriculum

See our training curriculum for a list of past presentations related to work with refugees and survivors of torture.


Refugee Mental Health Bibliography

The Pathways to Wellness project developed an extensive bibliography for further reading on refugee mental health practice.


Mental Health Resources

A compilation of mental health resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs.


Torture Survivors — Five-Part Video Series

This five-part series includes leaders in the field discussing the lessons learned and the models of care at some of the leading torture rehabilitation centers in the country.


Refugee Trauma Treatment: A Literature Review

NPCT is involved in advancing the torture rehabilitation field by promoting the best and promising practices. Working with other experts, NPCT has completed an extensive literature review of the trauma field which was published in Spring 2011 and can be viewed here.


Group Treatment for Survivors of Torture and Severe Violence: A Literature Review

In conjunction with Heartland Alliance International and the National Capacity Building Project, NPCT published a systematic review of scholarly journals and manuscripts focused on group treatment with torture survivors.


National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP)

NPCT participates in the research and development committee of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP).


Suggested Readings and Films

Click here to view a comprehensive list of books, articles, and films suggested for those interested in learning more about refugee populations.



Addressing the Need for Mental Health Screening of Newly Arrived Refugees: A Pilot Project

Assessing War Trauma in Refugees: Properties of the Comprehensive Trauma Inventory-104

Mental Health Screening Among Newly Arrived Refugees Seeking Routine Obstetric and Gynecologic Care

The Range of Symptoms in Refugees of War

The Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15): Development and Validation of an Instrument for Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD in Refugees

War Trauma and Torture Experiences Reported During Public Health Screening of Newly Resettled Karen Refugees: A Qualitative Study

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