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Considerations for Working with Survivors of Torture
Eye-opening accounts from rehabilitation professionals working with torture survivors

2.5-3 hours





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This course explores working with survivors of torture. Displacement and forced migration can put individuals from these groups at increased risk for abuse, neglect, and violence. Moreover, these persons often encounter problems accessing support and services. In order to meet the rehabilitation needs of this population, rehabilitation professionals must be aware of and address special considerations for patient care.


This course aims to provide an overview of working with displaced persons who are survivors of torture.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Working with Survivors of Torture
  2. Case Study
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2.5-3 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 2.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain what torture is and its impact on survivors
  • choose two appropriate treatment options for working with a survivor of trauma
  • describe techniques for building trust and creating a safe therapeutic relationship with survivors of torture
Featured reviews
This course was quite stimulating and eye-opening. I had to take breaks to process the contents of the course properly.
Mary Akinwola
Physical Therapist
It was a well-structured and comprehensive course for understanding the rehabilitation needs, interventions and factors to consider when rehabilitating torture survivors.
Davie Madziatera
The case study was an effective teaching tool! In addition, it highlighted the role that physiotherapy could play. Discussing how many sessions the SoT has had with psychologists and physiotherapists demonstrates how long the healing and recovery process takes and how we should not expect it to be quick or have a timeline.
Carys McGinty
United Kingdom
Thank you so much for a great course! There was a great presentation style with lots of opportunities to ask questions. It was an excellent experience to learn more about this topic!
Umamah Ejaz
It is an outstanding course! Even if you do not know about torture-induced trauma, once you have completed this course, your clincial practice for trauma victims will improve!
Dr. John M. Landry
Personal Trainer
United States