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Fundamentals of Providing Services to Survivors of Torture

This course was funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to give refugee service provides a basic foundation in the knowledge and skills required to provide effective services to torture survivors. The nine modules are directed toward staff members who are recently hired or new to working with torture survivors and are currently providing direct services to torture survivors. The modules include:

  1. Core concepts and eligibility requirements
  2. Cultural competence
  3. Holistic care planning
  4. Legal services
  5. Medical services
  6. Mental health services
  7. Self-care
  8. Social services, and
  9. Working with interpreters.

This course is available on the website for the Center for Victims of Torture National Capacity Building Project (, where detailed learning objectives are provided for each of the nine modules.