The American Psychiatric Association to Present its 2017 Human Rights Award to the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs

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The American Psychiatric Association has selected the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) as the recipient of the 2017 Human Rights Award. SURVIVORS’ executive director, Kathi Anderson, and 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 APA Human …

Donate Your Old Car to SURVIVORS

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Did you know that you can donate your old or unused vehicle to SURVIVORS at no cost to you? It’s easy, tax deductible, and makes a huge difference. Why Donate? Avoid the hassles of selling a car No need to pay hefty repair bills Free up space in your garage Tax deductible   Kevin DeKock, MSW donated his old Ford …

How San Diego’s Torture Survivors are Affected by the Executive Orders

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Dear friends, donors, and advocates,   Over the past week, our clients have expressed feelings of more uncertainty and insecurity. Clients who have not sought emotional support in years are requesting mental health services. Parents tell us that their children are scared and some are even being bullied in school. Families fear they will not be reunited with loved ones …

Plastic Bottles Needed for Elementary Program

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SURVIVORS provides emotional support to refugees in San Diego schools through a program called the Refugee School Impact Grant. Elementary through high school students spend time after school doing activities, talking about their new lives, and playing sports. This month, the elementary school kids will be making “calm bottles,” shown below.  It’s a great tool to help children reduce feelings of …

SURVIVORS is Seeking Interpreters: Spanish, Amharic, & Somali most needed

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Interpreters Needed Torture experiences are often referred to as being “too much for words” or “inexpressible.” The atrocities, and the lingering effects, are beyond the scope of the common vocabulary. “Through interpretation I play my small role in relieving the intense distress of survivors of torture. I cannot grasp the motives for torture, but I can summon my experiences to …

SURVIVORS Seeking Licensed Clinicians

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Survivors of Torture, International is currently looking for licensed mental health professionals to provide psychological evaluations* for asylum seekers. SURVIVORS is a non-profit organization that provides mental health and case management services to torture survivors from over 80 countries who are rebuilding their lives in the United States. *For evaluations, experience in psychological evaluations is desirable, but no experience is required; …

Reflections from a Former Intern

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by Andrew Worth, ISCOR intern 2014 Before I began my first internship with Survivors of Torture, International I did not fully understand just how many survivors of torture resided in the San Diego region. During the time of my internship I was a student of the International Security and Conflict Resolution program at San Diego State University, and like most …

Thanksgiving Healing Club

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Every month SURVIVORS holds a Healing Club for clients to meet one another, engage in a therapeutic activity, and build community. Clients often express their desire to learn about American traditions, including Thanksgiving. SURVIVORS has hosted a Thanksgiving Healing Club for several years, sharing and celebrating the historical account of newcomers being welcomed to this land. For many clients, the …

Kari Medina’s Thoughts on the October Healing Club

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Kari Medina is a social work intern at SURVIVORS. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at San Diego State University. At SURVIVORS Kari assists Cassie Murray, clinical case manager, with case management. Kari attended the October Healing Club with clients, staff, and volunteer drivers. Here are her observations… “Being part of the October Healing Club was such …