Over 160 professionals from all over Texas joined CST in our exclusive torture treatment training in Austin, Texas on March 6 and 7. Jim Lavelle, LICSW from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), and Dr. Hawthorne Smith, from the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT) joined local experts Dr. Karin E. Montero, Edna Yang, J.D., and Ben Warner, Ph.D., LPC, in providing educational workshops on how providers can successfully work with torture survivors.
With Texas ranking 1st in refugee resettlement but 51st (behind Washington, DC) in mental health funding, this training was a great opportunity to discuss how to better provide services for this underserved population.

Dr. Hawthorne Smith presenting on “Marginalization and Safety: A Trauma Informed Approach”

CST Counselor Carmel T. Drewes, LCSW and CST Clinical Director Samantha McGrath, LPC-S