National Training Initiatives | Center for Victims of Torture

National Training Initiatives

Through the National Capacity Building Project and, we’re sharing our knowledge and experience with others and bringing together experts in the field so even more torture survivors can receive the care they need.

National Capacity Building Project

The National Capacity Building Project is a collaboration between CVT and the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma to provide continued capacity building and training to organizations across the United States serving survivors of torture.

As the technical assistance arm of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's Survivors of Torture Program, our work focuses on promoting integrated, sustainable torture survivor rehabilitation services. We support and strengthen survivors of torture programs and refugee-serving organizations as they provide specialized services to survivors and within torture-impacted communities.

We fill a gap for torture survivor rehabilitation organizations in the U.S. by focusing on monitoring and evaluation, clinical skills development, organizational development and holistic sustainability.

Our work includes educational resources such as webinars and a Case Management 101 video mini-course on the fundamentals of providing case management to torture survivors. 

The Roadmap to Evaluation – a digitally curated set of evaluation-related resources serves as a step-by-step guide on all stages of working with data – from setting up an evaluation system to reporting on measured outcomes. The goal is to help organizations show the impact of their work and communicate that with funders and donors in more meaningful ways. is repository of information related to torture survivors and their treatment and healing. Through webinar trainings, professional journal articles and publications, bibliographies, treatment manuals and other online resources, the site hosts a wealth of valuable information intended for psychologists and various therapists, social workers, physicians and nurses, lawyers and administrators.  The website also serves as a portal to other centers and organizations that work with and support survivors of torture. recently updated the medical information available to primary care providers (PCPs) especially for family doctors, internists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Other staff members in medical settings such as nurses and medical assistants can also facilitate survivors’ healing. Survivors frequently present to gynecologists (due to genital trauma, pelvic pain etc), cardiologists (persistent chest pain), gastroenterologists (persistent abdominal pain) and neurologists (intractable headaches and history of traumatic brain injury). Many survivors have gotten great relief of symptoms from physical therapists and practitioners of yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The NCB Project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement. Many of the NCB participating centers are also members of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs. is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement and administered by CVT.


We heal victims of torture through unique services and professional care worldwide.

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