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Training Session IV: Understanding Liberian Statement Givers

  • Psychological Effects of Torture/War Trauma & Interviewing Recommendations
    • Presented by Ally Beckman
  • Understanding and Addressing Secondary Trauma
    • Presented by Patricia Shannon
  • Cultural Considerations for Working with Liberians
    • Presented by Ahmed Sirleaf

Webcam Session:  (1:50:14)
Photo by UNMIL (Photographer Michal Broza)

Time and Date:
April 20, 2007
3:00 PM

Faegre and Benson LLP
Century Room
2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

2 Standard CLE credits have been granted (Event Code 108627).


Patricia Shannon, Ph.D., L.P. - Psychotherapist/Trainer:  Dr. Shannon holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an A.M. in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her clinical experiences include postdoctoral research fellowship at the Psychological Clinic and a child abuse fellowship at the University Center for the Child and the Family, both at the University of Michigan. She served as:  research consultant at the Hamm Clinic, St. Paul, MN; outpatient therapist at Southwest Family Services, Minneapolis, MN; clinical supervisor at Walk-in Counseling Center, Minneapolis, MN; mental health therapist, St. Croix Health Center, New Richmond, WI; outpatient therapist, Michael Reese Hospital, Wexler Psychiatric Clinic; intake worker and therapist at the Jewish Family and Community Services, Highland Park, IL; director of Community Support Program at St. Croix Health Center, New Richmond, WI.

Alison Beckman, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., - Clinical Social Worker/Trainer:  Ms. Beckman rejoined the staff of CVT in January 2004, after having previous experience as an intern.  Her first year as a staff at CVT was spent in Guinea as a clinician/trainer in CVT’s refugee mental health project.  In addition, she has worked for the Walk-In Counseling Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for their Administer/Outreach Project providing support to volunteers working with torture survivors and establishing community relationships for referrals.  Ms. Beckman received her Masters in Social work from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. in Sociology form Grinnell College, Iowa.

Ahmed Sirleaf is a human rights advocate and scholar who has a special interest in efforts to implement transitional justice initiatives in societies that have experienced severe violence. His work includes study of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process in his native Liberia. In this connection, he has helped to lead the successful effort to include Liberians living in the Diaspora outside of Liberia in the truth commission process in Liberia. He holds an M.A. in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the University for Peace (United Nations mandated), San Jose, Costa Rica, and a B.A. in Legal Studies from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Additionally, Ahmed earned a Paralegal Certificate from Hamline University as well, and has briefly worked as a paralegal. He has studied at the International Center for Transitional Justice with its New York University’s School of Law’s joint transitional justice Essentials Course training in New York. He currently serves on the Board of Conflict Resolution Minnesota (CRM) and is working at The Advocates for Human Rights on the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Project.