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PSOT is a leader in training current and future health professionals about the interrelationship between health and human rights. Each year, staff members provide direct clinical training to both current and future health professionals–medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social work, dentistry, nursing, public health, and law–from all over the U.S. and around the world, in caring for survivors of torture and trauma.


PSOT’s placement within NYU’s scholarly network enables us to foster multifaceted partnerships and allows us to realize synergies with researchers in fields such as political science, sociology, social work, global health, bioethics, and education. Staff members also provide intensive trainings for health and legal professionals, human rights advocates, and government officials (including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) on effective interviewing skills in working with culturally diverse groups and traumatized populations. Every year Program clinicians are invited to present at more than 50 conferences and trainings locally, nationally and internationally.

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