Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), originally founded at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a multi-disciplinary program that has been pioneering the health and mental health care of traumatized refugees and civilians in areas of conflict/post-conflict and natural disasters for over two decades. Its clinical program serves as a global model that has been replicated worldwide. HPRT designed and implemented the first curriculum for the mental health training of primary care practitioners in settings of human conflict, post-conflict, and natural disasters. Its training activities have been successfully conducted in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Japan, and the United States. HPRT’s landmark scientific studies have demonstrated the medical and mental health impact of mass violence as well as the cultural effectiveness of its clinical treatment and training programs. Working closely with Ministries of Health throughout the world, HPRT has developed community-based mental health services primarily in existing local primary health care systems. It has also successfully established linkages to major foreign university settings. HPRT’s bicultural partnerships with international collaborators have resulted in culturally effective and sustainable programs that rely primarily on local human resources and indigenous healing systems. In order to achieve its mission, memorandums of agreements have been signed between HPRT and universities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Italy, Japan, and Thailand. As a university-wide program, HPRT has access to the full resources and talents of Harvard University, including the Medical School (HMS), the School of Public Health, the School of Education, and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). HPRT is currently administered by MGH, one of America’s oldest and most prestigious hospitals, which is a major teaching hospital of HMS.

Center for Prevention of School Violence

centerfor the prevention of school violenceThe North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (NCDJJDP) has created a website to help stop school violence.  Finding out positive ways to deal with youth development for ALL youths can help curb some of the horrible violence that happens now.  Education is the best knowledge–the best way to help children understand that violence IS NOT the answer to issues in school.

The NCDJJDP has an alternative learning resource page with information about alternative learning, webcasts and resources about wanting to end the violence in schools, and a cafeteria page, dealing with nutrition and healthy eating.

There is a “question of the month” each month in the library which is very interesting to check out, and a parents resources and principals’ office.

The idea behind this website is that if every child can get a good, overall, balanced healthy school meal and school day while being treated fairly and responsibly, perhaps our days of school violence could be put behind us.  Wishful thinking perhaps, but one less school violence issue is well worth it, psychologically-wise as well as socially-wise.

Addictipedia

A resource for people who use drugs, people who are considering using drugs, and people who care about people who use drugs.  Includes over 70 user defined addictions.

A Beginner’s Guide to Abnormal Psychology

One person in seven living in the US will require professional help for a psychological disorder at some time in their life. These disorders can take many forms and have a very wide range of symptoms. By helping people understand what these illnesses are and why they occur will help to take away from some of their mystique and better prepare people for dealing with these situations if they occur.

This site is specific to the field of abnormal psychology. Here you will find different perspectives regarding the interpretation of abnormal behavior, many of the common types of disorders, as well as some information on treatment for certain types of disorders. This site, however, is by no means all encompassing, but it does cover a very wide range of topics.

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Fenichel’s Current Topics In Psychology

There are many, many topics here to choose from.  They are listed from A-Z. This site provides useful general references for both professionals and the general public.  There are many good resources here, including information, support groups, and clinical treatment providers.

Generally Thinking

The Psychology Study Guide:  An ebook I wrote for psychology students to help them get better grades and better understanding of the subject.

Rethink:  Kamila Wita has a blog on the site called Rethink, helping you look at mental health issues in a new way.

The Research Database:  A database pointing you to the research of the various sub-fields of psychology, to help you do psychology research.

Positive Psychology Digest:  Positive Psychology Digest is usually referred to as “The science of well-being and optimal functioning.” This category is a mixture of the theory and applications to come from fields that fit under this broad umbrella.

JRank Psychology Encyclopedia

The rapidly changing field of psychology encompasses a wide range of concepts, theories, experiments, and related scientific disciplines. The JRank Psychology Encyclopedia web site endeavors to provide useful information on many aspects of psychology. Famous experiments, psychological theories, mental disorders, and the science of the human mind are just a few of the topics covered in the thousands of articles collected here.

The Depravity Scale

Judges and juries both across the United States and in other countries who decide that a crime is “depraved,” “heinous,” or “horrible” can assign more severe sentences. Yet there is no standardized definition for such dramatic words that courts already use. And while we may all recognize that some crimes truly separate themselves from others, there is no standard, fair way to distinguish crimes that are the worst of the worst, or “evil.”

To minimize the arbitrariness of how courts determine the worst of crimes, and to eliminate bias in sentencing, the Depravity Scale research aims to establish societal standards of what makes a crime depraved, and to develop a standardized instrument based on specific characteristics of a crime that must be proven in order to merit more severe sentences.

This research will refine into the Depravity Standard, an objective measure based on forensic evidence. This instrument distinguishes not who is depraved but rather, what aspects of a given crime are depraved and the degree of a specific crime’s depravity. The research will enhance fairness in sentencing, given that it is race, gender and socio-economic blind.

The research has already been guided by legal and scientific study. Now, a two-part survey has been developed to involve the general public in establishing societal standards of what makes a crime depraved. The first part enables the general public to shape the specific intents, actions, and attitudes that should be included as items of the Depravity Standard instrument, and the second involves the general public in refining the relative weight of these items. In both surveys, all members of the general public are urged to participate. This is the first project ever developed that invites citizens’ direct input to forensic science research, and the first project ever developed in which citizens shape future criminal sentencing standards.