NCTTP's 9th Annual Research Symposium
Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Full Day Event •
Monday, March 6th 2017 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
President Trump has signed an Executive Order that suspends the entire U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days and bans the arrival of Syrian refugees.
The United States must protect its legacy as a generous and safe new home for refugees, especially now when global forced displacement is at record levels: over 65 million people have been forced from their homes. Care is needed for these survivors – research from the Center for Victims of Torture shows that up to 44 percent of refugees in the United States are survivors of torture and research from the NCTTP shows high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression are likely for survivors.
The NCTTP stands with refugees, for whom resettlement is often the only, and last, chance to reach safe haven after surviving the horrors of torture, war and displacement. Any announcement to pause resettlement would grind refugee processing to a halt, as each step of the security check process is time sensitive...
The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) commends the United Nations General Assembly and President Obama for their leadership in coordinating two recent high level meetings on responding to the global refugee crisis.
With an estimated 65.3 million people forcibly displaced from their homes globally – and 21.3 million of those living as refugees – the crisis demands an immediate and international response. The gathering of global leaders to begin to tackle this pressing problem of our time is a positive step in the right direction. Nevertheless, these meetings must be more than lip service...
The American Psychiatric Association has selected the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) as the recipient of the 2017 Human Rights Award. NCTTP president, Lin Piwowarczyk, MD, MPH, will accept this award for the NCTTP at the APA’s annual meeting in May, to be held this year in San Diego...
The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) urges President Trump to make a commitment to the rehabilitation and protection of torture survivors. Central to this commitment would be ensuring that survivors of torture who have been forced to flee their homes and seek protection in the United States have access to specialized rehabilitative care and asylum procedures that treat them with dignity and provides them with hope.
Survivors of torture report being subjected to severe beatings, rape, deprivation, humiliation, threats, sensory stress, kidnapping, forced postures, asphyxiation, burning, and witness to murder and torture of family members. These experiences commonly lead survivors to demonstrate symptoms such as chronic pain, sleep disorders, severe depression and anxiety, the inability to concentrate, and thoughts of suicide. A recent study by the NCTTP on 9,025 survivors coming for treatment in NCTTP centers documents 14 types of torture in 125 countries. A diagnostic study of a portion of these survivors shows 69% had PTSD and 52.4% had major depressive disorder...
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TREAT survivors to decrease the short and long term impacts of torture (both physical and psychological)...
NCTTP’s Treatment Philosophy is to first provide a welcoming, safe environment where Torture Survivors feel or gradually learn to feel safe and understood. Adequate language or language is paramount. Also paramount is a welcoming attitude of the provider, i.e., a successful communication of "I am very glad you (the Survivor) have come."
To decrease the short and long term impacts of torture, many NCTTP centers offer a full range of treatment services – medical, mental health, legal, social support and case management services, which are needed by torture survivors. Some NCTTP centers specialize in one of these services and collaborate with partner organizations to provide the other services...
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EDUCATE health and social service providers to ask about experience and symptoms of torture and EDUCATE...
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ADVOCATE for change public policy related to torture and ADVOCATE for increases in health, legal, social, and educational resources available to survivors of torture currently living in the United States...
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Scientifically RESEARCH outcomes of torture treatment, including reduction of symptoms, improvements in health, quality of life, prevalence and treatment approaches to traumatic brain injuries in torture survivors, and prevalence of torture survivors.
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The NCTTP has shown high potential to be a leader on torture treatment, research on the efficacy of treatment for torture survivors, and on community education related to torture and the needs of torture survivors, but we receive no regular funding and operate on minimal dues. You can help us provide treatment and resources for torture survivors, fund innovative research, and advocate for the end of torture worldwide. Please consider making a tax-deductable gift to help us continue this important work.
Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of torture survivors.
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