Free, interactive seminar entitled “Identifying and Treating Survivors of Torture"

When Jun 22, 2018
from 08:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Louisville Free Public Library’s South Central Regional Library Branch
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Contact Phone 502.852.7968
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Please mark your calendars for this special event. The Survivors of Torture Recovery Center (STRC) will be hosting a free, interactive seminar entitledIdentifying and Treating Survivors of Torture on Friday, June 22nd at the Louisville Free Public Library’s South Central Regional Library Branch (7300 Jefferson Boulevard, Louisville, KY 40219) in the library’s main training room. A continental breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 am with the interactive seminar starting at 9:00 am. A catered lunch will also be served. The afternoon seminar session will continue until 4:00 pm.

The interactive seminar will be conducted by Peter Polatin, M.D., M.P.H., a psychiatrist who is a national expert on torture treatment and rehabilitation with refugees. Dr. Polatin received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He recently returned to Dallas, Texas where he is practicing pain medicine and trying to develop a public sector interagency consortium to service the large number of unaccompanied refugee minors in North Texas. He also serves as a consultant to the Dallas branch of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for refugee mental health and provides national and international consultation on issues of emotional traumatology and refugee health. Most recently he was a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Global Mental Health at the George Washington University School of Medicine, clinical faculty for the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Medical Director of Pain Management for Paradigm Health Services and the senior health advisor for the DIGNITY Institute Against Torture, located in Copenhagen, Denmark.

From 2007 to 2010, he functioned as a Health Program Manager for DIGNITY. He has prior specialization in community and disaster mental health, pain management, clinical outcomes research, and addictionology. Previously, Dr. Polatin was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

He has worked with the community in Dallas as the Chief Medical Advisor for Dallas Disaster Preparedness Plan, Chairman for the Mental Health Task Force on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita evacuees and as a Public Health Consultant to Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services for Mental Health Preparedness for Terrorism or Disaster. He has authored, co-authored, or edited over 60 chapters and peer review articles and one book. 

We are still in the throes of hammering out the content specifics of the interactive seminar, but I can tell you that a significant portion of the day will be devoted to a clinical discussion of survivor of torture case examples that Dr. Polatin will bring to the table, as well as a clinical discussion of survivor of torture case examples that seminar participants would like Dr. Polatin to offer guidance and counsel on.