Educational opportunities through CST’s social services
Many survivor of torture clients are underemployed. CST’s Adam Patrick Bratcher (APB) Education Program identifies cohorts of clients who want to pursue college or certificates. The program establishes a single point of entry through the highest-level community college contact. CST board members’ career-long, national experience in community college leadership eases access into community college programs that lead to jobs with the potential of earning a sustainable wage. This referral system to free college or certification programs, as a part of our APB Education Program, has a far-reaching impact on clients, helping them to build employable skills and earn a living, self-sufficiency, cultural competency, English skills, and generates hope for a better future for their family.
Community perception is positive regarding the quality and the innovation of CST’s responses to clients’ challenges.
Individuals coming in contact with survivors of torture find there is an enormous need for training, especially pro-bono professionals.
CST provides training on an ongoing basis, responding to clients and community needs as they arise. In an effort to reduce the wait list, CST trains mainstream licensed providers whose clientele may include refugees and immigrants, thus helping them identify survivors, and improve their skills, and provide strength based, trauma-informed care. CST provides education and workshops for refugee community leaders, attorneys, educators, physicians, and the immigrant community, on an ongoing basis.