CVT Staff Stories | Center for Victims of Torture

CVT Staff Stories

CVT staff are from countries all over the world, and they work in our locations on three continents. With expertise in disciplines running from psychotherapy, physiotherapy, social work, research, fundraising, logistics to administration and more, CVT staff are dedicated to the healing of those who have survived torture. Here are some of their stories:

Yacob Abreha, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Helping Others in the Midst of Hard Times

Islam Al-Aqeel, senior psychosocial counselor, CVT Jordan - Turning the Lights Back on for Torture Survivors

Maisoon Al-Bukhari, senior physiotherapist, CVT Jordan - Helping Torture Survivors with Fear as Well as Pain

Medhanye Alem, counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Helping Clients Come 'Back to the World of the Living'

Ahmad Al-Shouly, social services coordinator, CVT Jordan - Key Social Services for Survivors of Torture

Ahmad Al-Shouly, social services manager, CVT Jordan - A Glimpse of Hope: The Impact of Social Services at CVT Jordan

Walaa Awwad, senior physiotherapist, CVT Jordan - Heal and You Will be Healed

Fawn Bernhardt-Norvell, director of development, CVT St. Paul - A Stop on the Train

Fawn Bernhardt-Norvell, director of development, CVT St. Paul - My Life is a River

Jeniffer Chepkemoi, physiotherapy supervisor, CVT Nairobi - Changing Perceptions about Pain Through Physiotherapy

Laura de Rosier, major gifts and events associate, CVT St. Paul - What Happened at SAFE: A Community Exchange on Sexual Assault

Pete Dross, director of external relations, CVT St. Paul - Reflections from North Carolina: More on the CIA's Sordid Past

Alyce Eaton, research coordinator, CVT Saint Paul - At CVT, Interpreter Relationships Are Key

Collins Echesa, physiotherapist, CVT Nairobi - Creating a Safe Space for the LGBTI Community in Nairobi

Liyam Eloul, clinical advisor for mental health - Strengthening the PATH: Tree of Life in Zimbabwe

Yohannes Asmelash Embaye, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Encouraging Refugees to Come to CVT for Care

Dawit Ermias, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Children Survivors – Encouraging Healing in the Very Young

Sarah Farah, field coordinator, CVT Dadaab - The Lives of Women in Dadaab

Fatimah (a pseudonym), psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Lessons for Healing Also Help the Healer

Mussie Abel Fissehaye, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Joy is Key for Healing Children

Frezgi Gebrekristos, counselor, CVT Ethiopia - The Cycle of Healing for Survivors of Torture

Edna Gicovi, psychosocial counselor, CVT Nairobi - “Inside, we’re deeply wounded” – Friendship and Healing for Congolese and Burundian Girls

Berihu Hadgu, counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Leaving Isolation at Home – Helping Survivors Heal

Amal Hassan, Somali community liaison, St. Paul Healing Center - Refugees Share Common Values with Americans, As Americans

Amal Hassan, Somali community liaison, St. Paul Healing Center - Supporting Mothers in St. Cloud, MN

Hani Hattab, technical support & IT specialist, CVT Jordan - A Voice from IT: The Importance of Meaningful Work

Justin Hett, clinical advisor for mental health, CVT Jordan: Sexualized Violence Against Men and Boys in the Context of the Syria Crisis: Do we Know Enough?

Leora Hudak, MSW, LICSW, psychotherapist, CVT Saint Paul - At CVT, Interpreter Relationships Are Key

Jack Indusa, logistics officer, CVT Nairobi - The Logistics of Helping to Change Lives

Shorouq Jabari, physiotherapist, CVT Jordan - Physiotherapy Helps Individuals and Communities

Raed Jaradat, physiotherapist, CVT Jordan - Building Clients’ Trust Through Physiotherapy

Mohamed Jelani, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Knowledge of Culture as Part of Healing

Aregawi Kahsay, administration/HR officer, CVT Ethiopia - Working as Part of a Team to Help Survivors of Torture

Abbey Kanzer, psychotherapist and trainer, St. Paul Healing Center - Torture Survivors Rebuilding Lives Despite Unknown Futures

Henock Tesfa Keno, administration/finance manager, CVT Ethiopia - Everyone at CVT Impacts the Lives of Survivors

Nimo Khalif, administrative/HR officer, CVT Nairobi: A Focus on the Human Side of Human Resources

Jepkemoi Kibet, physiotherapist/trainer, CVT Nairobi - Helping Physiotherapists Examine the Ways Torture Survivors Think About Pain

Jepkemoi Kibet, physiotherapist/trainer, CVT Nairobi - Helping Women Reconnect to Their Bodies After Torture

Esayas Kiflom, program evaluation officer, CVT Ethiopia - The Numbers Tell Torture Survivors' Stories of Healing

Mary Kittakah, associate psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Kenya - Retreat Provides a Break from the Stress of Refugee Camp Life 

Julie Krause, expert psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Ethiopia - Mandalas for Inspiration and Healing at CVT Ethiopia

Tarek Lamouchi, Tunisia New Tactics field & training development officer - New Attitudes and New Tactics Create Real Change in Tunisia

Veronica Laveta, clinical advisor for mental health, CVT Jordan - Jordan Counseling Series, a multi-part series covering a 10-week counseling cycle at CVT Jordan.

Gladwell Lugusa, physiotherapist, CVT Nairobi - Client-Focused Healing Through Physiotherapy

Teresia Macharia, psychosocial counselor, CVT Nairobi - One Person's Healing Can Help Many Others, Even Babies

Gabriele Marini, psychotherapist/field representative, CVT Uganda - Why Do We Do Counseling?

Elizabeth Mbatha Muli, MSc, psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Nairobi - From Trauma to Hope: Extending Care to Refugees in Nairobi

Elizabeth Mbatha Muli, MSc, psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Nairobi - Helping a Teenage Girl Heal After Abduction and Escape

Luca Modenesiclinical advisor for mental health,CVT Jordan - Meeting Clients Where They Live

Luca Modenesi, psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Jordan - The Power of Empathy – Working With Those Who Have Suffered the Worst

Habiba Mohamed, psychosocial counselor, CVT Nairobi - Helping Survivors Realize All They Can Do for Themselves

Rosina Mruttu, psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Nairobi:  Healing: Change and Progress After Trauma

Raymond Mwaura, psychosocial counselor, CVT Nairobi - Healing Today can Help Stop Violence Tomorrow

Nancy Mwikali, counseling supervisor, CVT Nairobi - Providing Counseling and a Place Where Someone Cares

Andrea Northwood, Ph.D., LP, client services director, CVT St. Paul - The Human Face of the Torturer

Miriam Okello, finance controller, CVT Nairobi - Finance Work Keeps CVT Nairobi Running Smoothly

Job Onyango, psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Ethiopia - Extending Rehabilitative Care to the Youngest Survivors of Torture and War Atrocities

Claire O'Reilly, physiotherapist and trainer, CVT Jordan, and Liyam Eloul, clinical advisor for mental health - Ethical Challenges and Working in the Gray Area

Paul Orieny, senior clinical advisor for mental health, CVT St. Paul - A Child's Right to Rehabilitation

Paul Orieny, senior clinical advisor for mental health, CVT St. Paul - Crisis in South Sudan – Need for Humanitarian Care in Uganda

Mohammed Qtaishat, physiotherapist, CVT Jordan - Physiotherapy to Help Torture Survivors in Their Darkest Hours

Haftay Hindeya Reda, counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Balance and Healing for Survivors of Torture and Trauma

Andom Redae, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia  Helping Refugee Trauma Survivors Begin New Lives

Kristi Rendahl, organizational development advisor, CVT St. Paul - Going Where Torture Survivors Need CVT: Assessing Global Locations

Brynn Smith, clinic manager, St. Paul Healing Center - The Many Roles of Social Workers

Bereket Tadesse, counseling supervisor, CVT Ethiopia - Even the Youngest Survivors Move Beyond Their Problems

Fisseha Micheale Tassow, interpreter/cultural liaison, CVT Ethiopia- Translation is More Than Words for Survivors of Traumatic Experiences

Girmalew Teklu, finance/HR officer, CVT Ethiopia - Everyone Can Make a Difference, No Matter Where You Work

Abeba Kahday Tesfankiel, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - When People Know Help is Available, They Show Up

Habteab Tsegay, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - The Results of Healing Tell the Story

Dawit Weldab, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Clients Rebuilding Their Lives and Reshaping Their Futures

Daniel Welday, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia - Survivors of Torture Build New Lives

Joseph Wesonga, phsyiotherapist/trainer, CVT Kakuma - The Mind-Body Connection at CVT Kakuma

Mohammad Abu Yaman, senior physiotherapist, CVT Jordan - Finding the Most Effective Ways to Help Children Affected by War

Noor Zada, New Tactics MENA initiative officer, Jordan - I am Human - the First Human Rights Book for Children in Arabic

Noor Zada, New Tactics MENA initiative officer, Jorda - Youth Leaders Making a Difference in the Middle East & North Africa Region

EhTa Zar, Healing Hearts clinicial coordinator, CVT Saint Paul - At CVT, Interpreter Relationships Are Key

Asfaw Woldeyohannes Zegeye, logistics officer, CVT Ethiopia - Strengthening the Network of Support for Refugees

Alyce Eaton, research coordinator, CVT Saint Paul - At CVT, Interpreter Relationships Are Key

 

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