Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Mary Black is an Occupational Therapist with over 25 years of experience working at the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, a community- based treatment center providing healing for survivors of politically sanctioned torture who represent over 60 nations. The survivors at the Marjorie Kovler Center are primarily asylum seekers but also refugees and unaccompanied minors who all have experienced turbulent migration. Survivors are struggling not only with the profound impact of past torture and trauma, but also the unexpected prolonged challenges of constructing a secure new life in the U.S. Mary is primarily responsible for assessing the everyday skills, experiences, strengths and interest’s survivors bring from their home countries, mindful of the ongoing occupational deprivation and adaptations needed to perform everyday life roles and activities in this challenging unfamiliar environment. Individual and group Occupational Therapy interventions are designed to maximize survivor skills, roles and interests and support re-establishment of safety, dignity, and social networks, promoting collective cultural, as well as individual self-expression.
I do not have any relevant financial / non-financial relationships with any proprietary interests.
Friday, November 11, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM