Jean Pierre Ndagijimana Shares Thoughts on COVID-19, Historical Trauma, and Resilience

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PTR African Communities Liaison, Jean Pierre Ndagijimana, is a Rwandan psychologist born in the Congo. In a recent piece published by Global Campaign for Peace Education, Ndagijimana shares why COVID-19 is particularly challenging for people who have experienced historical trauma. Ndagijimana explains that the idea of a communal threat is not new to people with historical trauma. He states, “The …

PTR’s Clinical & Training Director Featured in NY Times

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Dr. Annika Sridharan, PTR’s Co-Founder and Clinical & Training Director, was recently featured in the New York Times article, “Trouble Focusing? Not Sleeping? You May Be Grieving,” describing common responses to the challenges posed by COVID-19. While anxiety or fear may be the emotions we most readily associate with a global pandemic, grief is also very present: we are grieving …

Report from the U.S./Mexico Border

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Last month, PTR Co-Founder Monika Parikh visited the U.S./Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas to connect with front-line advocates who support asylum seekers.  We invite you to learn more about her trip in her blog post Journeys of Struggle and Hope at the U.S./Mexico Border and this Visual Report from the U.S./Mexico Border. Researchers, attorneys and volunteers in El Paso …

PTR Co-Founder Monika Parikh presents to Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso

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On April 5, 2019, PTR’s Co-Founder and Board Chair presented to attorneys at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Texas.  Her presentation focused on the mental health impacts of trauma on both asylum seekers, as well as the courageous attorneys who represent them. Researchers, advocates and attorneys working at the U.S./Mexico border witness the impacts of our immigration …

PTR Executive Director Leah Spelman shines a light on women and girls fleeing violence, on International Women’s Day

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Happy International #WomensDay! This year PTR was proud to honor the 50% of refugees who are women and girls, by participating on a panel hosted by United Nations Association-USA East Bay. PTR’s Executive Director Leah Spelman joined speakers from the International Rescue Committee in Northern California, Asylum Access, and others in shining a light on issues affecting women and girls fleeing violence and …

PTR joins national partners to advocate for survivors of torture

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Along with over 30 member organizations of the National Consortium for Torture Treatment Programs, PTR headed to Washington, D.C. to advocate for programs for survivors of torture. Here are a few members of the California contingent after our meeting with Senator Kamala Harris’ office. #MentalHealthMatters #HumanRights #EndTorture

PTR presents at the Commonwealth Club!

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On November 15, 2018, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery gave a fascinating and insightful panel presentation about trauma and healing from a global perspective at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.  PTR’s Clinical & Training Director, Dr. Annika Sridharan, joined PTR Board Member Dr. Sita Patel, and PTR Advisory Board Member Dr. Nick Nelson, for an inspiring discussion about the intersection …

PTR Co-Founder publishes article on family separation in Huffpo

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In this March 2018 article, PTR Co-Founder Monika Parikh speaks out against the cruel practice of detaining asylum seekers. “Separating children from their parents, intentionally restricting contact and withholding information about a child’s location are practices that only worsen an already inhumane situation.” Read the article here.

Partnerships for Trauma Recovery Selected as Community Organization of the Year

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On December 4th, 2017, the Alameda County Psychological Association (ACPA) named PTR as Community Organization of the Year in recognition of PTR’s leadership and advocacy. Kelley Gin, ACPA’s outgoing President, shared the following, “This is to recognize PTR not only for focusing on trauma today, but also for thinking about the next generation.” PTR thanks ACPA for this honor, and …

Partnerships for Trauma Recovery Receives 2017 Excellence in Diversity Training Award

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Each year since 2010, Palo Alto University brings recognition to Bay Area programs which demonstrate commitment to promoting cultural awareness and competence in the training of doctoral students in clinical psychology. On April 13, 2017, the Center for Excellence in Diversity Award was presented to Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR) for its efforts to train clinical interns in globally culturally …