Today’s post is in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness day.
While the majority of the torture survivors CVT cares for are adults, children can also be survivors of horrific events and human rights atrocities. In the U.S. and in all of our international projects we have cared for child and youth survivors, adapting techniques to their developmental levels.
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Andrea Northwood, CVT’s director of client services, cared for one preschool torture survivor, a boy we’ll call “Joshua.” “When Joshua came in, I gathered the toys we used during our play therapy sessions and got out crayons and paper,” said Andrea, a licensed psychologist. Continue reading