HELP THE HELPER INITIATIVE
We are working to create resources for providers treating those affected by trauma of natural disaster, domestic terrorism, and mass shooting incidents. If you interested in our Mentorship Network Program to support displaced survivors with trauma-informed care please contact us directly.
TORTURE, TRAUMA, & TREATMENT
We provide research and create resources for treatment of torture survivors.
Through our research we look to treat torture trauma holistically by identifying the most relevant axioms for treatment approaches. From this, we are creating best practice handbooks and textbooks to treat all levels providers, families, and patients.
Our expert panel has been chosen for their expertise in treating torture related trauma. All experts have 10 years or more of experience in treating torture trauma and have been nominated for their experience by their peers.
TRAUMA & TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
Through innovated approaches with technology, we are developing and applications for psychological interventions effective in helping people who have experienced extreme events.
Israeli Trauma Resilience Project
The Israel Project is an effort to determine the most important axioms about trauma resilience. The Project began with a series of emails between Charles Figley and Zahava Solomon, a distinguished professor at the University of Tel Aviv. Dr. Figley asked her to identify between a 10=20 trauma resilience experts to form an expert panel. The purpose of the Panel was to first identify who among them should be interviewed about the meaning and characteristics of trauma resilience in Israel. Dr. Solomon and five other experts were interviewed during one week in December 2012 in Tel Aviv. Dr. Figley arranged and met with each of the six interviewees and arranged for videotaping each for later analysis. Ron Marks, a colleague and professor at Tulane University an expert on cultural understanding and an effective interviewer, accompanied Dr. Figley and conducted five the the six interviews.
In December 2012 Ron Marks, Dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans and Charles Figley flew to Israel and for the next week interviewed 7 renowned experts on trauma resilience. They were recommended by a panel Israeli experts determined by Zahava Solomon, one of the most celebrated trauma researcher in Israel. The Panel selected the interviewees.
Each interview was videotaped and the contents studied for the presence of truisms about trauma resilience. After each was verified by the interviewee who nominated it, a list of 83 truisms emerged. The Panel reviewed all 83 and rated each for how true they were. The current phase of the project is to re=contact the Panel to ask about the applications and illustrations of the truisms they have collectively endorsed as being the most true. This phase is being carried out exclusively by Eric Corzine as part of his doctoral dissertation for his PhD in International Development from Tulane.
Zahava Solomon, PhD, celebrated trauma epidemiologist and scholar, was interviewed by Ron Marks, PhD, , Dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work.
Here Dr. David Senesh is talking with Dr. Ron Marks (Dean of the Tulane School of Social Work) as the videographer makes final preparation for the video interview in December 2012 in Tel Aviv.
TRAUMA RESILENCY PROJECT
To develop resiliency truisms from around the world using an innovative mixed research methods to understand more fully the meaning and applications of trauma resilience. The Institute has focused on resilience since October 2001 and the need to prepare for a series of traumatic events in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the US. The Green Cross, developed initially by the Traumatology Institute, focused not only on emergency mental health services but also strengthening individual, family, and community bonds of support in anticipation of future trauma. In 2002 the Institute initiated a project focusing on the pioneers of trauma research and theory. All of the winners of the Pioneer Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award were invited to write autobiographical essays about their career and how life events affected their interest in trauma. The book, Mapping Trauma and its Wake, was published in 2006
In 2004 the Institute began to focus on combat stress injuries that led to three annual conferences (one in Pennsylvania and the other two in Tallahassee, Florida) and the publication of Combat Stress Injuries co=edited Charles Figley and William Nash, a Bronze Star recipient and combat psychiatrist who served in the Iraq war. The annual conferences and ongoing collaboration with Commander Mark Russell of the US Navy started a series of research papers and a book focused on the treatment of combat stress injuries: Treating Traumatic Stress Injuries. It provided careful guidance in helping all licensed and authorized practitioners to help heal the combat stress injuries.