International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Nominate for the Barbara Chester Award

Posted 23 February 2016 in News by Damion J. Grasso, PhD

The Barbara Chester Award is the world's first award recognizing clinicians and healing practitioners for their significant, and often dangerous, work with survivors of torture, abuse and its subsequent trauma. The award honors the life and work of the late Dr. Barbara Chester, who died in 1997. As a pioneering clinician, she directed the first treatment program for torture survivors in the United States, treated indigenous refugees from Central and South America, as well as survivors from more than 50 countries. In the late 1980s, she established the Hopi Sexual Abuse Prevention Project for Hopi communities. Her work stressed the role of culture in determining how an individual experienced torture trauma and what would be the best approach for recovery. 

To submit your nomination, visit http://barbarachesteraward.org