Partners in Trauma Healing
CVT works with ten torture rehabilitation centers around the world to expand their ability to provide high-quality mental health services to survivors and to build sound financially stable organizations.
Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates a network of rehabilitation professionals who provide intellectual and emotional support for the difficult work of providing healing services to torture survivors. PATH works with ten centers focusing on three areas: mental health treatment and healing, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational development.
To support the mental health treatment and healing of survivors, the PATH project will place an experienced psychologist at each center to provide long-term training and mentoring. In addition, CVT Treatment and Healing Advisors provide consultation to counselors at each center throughout the duration of the project. The PATH project also holds annual clinical training workshops for counselors from each center.
Monitoring and evaluation is an integral component for centers to document torture and provide effective services. The PATH project's Monitoring and Evaluation Advisors help partner centers to develop a detailed process for collecting and evaluating data. They also provide expert consultations and trainings.
The PATH project Organizational Development Advisor works with partner centers to develop sustainable strategies, enhance management practices and build fundraising skills.
Our partner torture rehabilitation centers are:
Cameroon: Trauma Centre Cameroon (TCC)
Sierra Leone: Community Association for Psychosocial Services (CAPS)
Sri Lanka: Survivors Associated
Partners in Trauma Healing is made possible through the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development and the American peoples’ support.
PATH held the first clinical workshop in Fall 2012 with clinical staff from all ten PATH partner centers. The workshop focused on mental health services to torture survivors. The major themes included Healing Pathways, Clinical Assessment, Treatment Planning, Professional Ethics, Self-care for Providers, and Mindfulness as a resource for torture survivor care and self-care.
What was most exciting was the use of a sophisticated professional system of interpreters and technology so everyone could engage in English, French, Bosnian, Moldovan and Tamil. The enthusiasm of everyone participating in the workshop overflowed from workshop sessions to informal gatherings. This group of clinical staff will have the opportunity to maintain communication and support over the course of the PATH project and will meet again in three upcoming clinical workshops.