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Social Worker of the Year

2010 April 22
by Ben Achtenberg

Social Worker Honoredfor Work with Survivors

Congratulations to S. Megan Berthold, who will be honored tomorrow night (April 23, 2010) as the National Association of Social Workers’ 2009 Social Worker of the Year. Berthold is a clinical social worker and director of research and evaluation for the Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles. According to NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark, “Dr. Berthold has touched the lives of many through the broad reach of her work with victims and her deep commitment to social justice, and is a deserving recipient of our recognition.”

The Program for Torture Victims provides medical, psychological, and case management services to survivors of state-sponsored torture from around the world.  Berthold specializes in the cross-cultural assessment and treatment of survivors of torture and related traumas. At PTV, she conducts psychosocial assessments and provides therapy to torture survivors, serves as an expert witness in immigration court, and conducts trainings on the psychological effects of torture to a wide range of health, mental health, legal, and social service providers. Before joining PTV, Berthold worked with Southeast Asian refugees in the United States, Thailand and the Philippines.


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