The BTPC is closely affiliated with several current research programs at the University of Vermont. For information on these programs please call the BTPC directly at (802) 656-2661, or see about being a participant in a research study.
During the winter, are you like a bear that wants to hibernate all the time? If you notice that you feel fatigued and down and that your sleeping and eating habits change in the winter, you may be eligible to participate in a research study on seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Diagnostic assessment and treatment consisting of a light therapy box or cognitive-behavioral "talk" therapy will be offered. There is no charge for participation in the study.
Over 6,000 refugees have settled in Vermont, mainly in Burlington and Winooski, since 1980 (Vermont State Refugee Office, 2012). Refugees in Vermont originate from more than 20 countries, including Somalia, Sudan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Iraq.
In response to the mental health needs of Vermont's refugees, a model of mental health services now exists through the Connecting Cultures Program, a clinical-science specialty service of the BTPC in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Vermont. The Connecting Cultures Program provides an integrated, culturally sensitive approach to working with these populations, including:
Each of these four integrated components informs and enhances the others. Specifically, a community-based forum is used to provide clinical outreach services (e.g., parenting skills, stress management), and direct services are provided for an array of mental health concerns. Additionally, evaluative research involves understanding refugees' mental health and the impact of our services. Finally, an emphasis is placed on providing training opportunities for clinical psychology graduate students and professionals in our community.
The New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) program was designed to coordinate and meet the psychological, legal, social, and physical needs of survivors of torture and their families and communities. NESTT is a direct partnership between Connecting Cultures and Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates, linking psychological and legal services. The overall goal is to provide survivors of torture with holistic, integrated and effective services in a culturally relevant, client centered context. NESTT is based on a social justice framework emphasizing community voice, while acknowledging multi-agency professional expertise, and empirically based prevention, intervention and evaluation strategies. Through NESTT, individual, group, and community services are provided specifically for torture survivors.