About International Trauma Treatment Program
The International Trauma Treatment Program (ITTP) is a community-supported non-profit organization that trains practitioners to treat complex trauma inflicted by torture, war, and natural disasters. ITTP seeks to break these cycles and restore victims’ physical and psychological health through treatment and education.
The goal of the International Trauma Treatment Program is to undermine the use of torture through establishing an international network of practitioners who fight torture by transforming torture victims into survivors. Practitioners from war zones who participate in our program become prepared to treat, and to train other practitioners to treat, trauma survivors in their home countries. We thereby seek to leverage our resources by creating a snowball effect that greatly increases the number of practitioners worldwide that fight torture. The International Trauma Treatment Program was founded in 1998 as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Washington for the purposes of providing communications between the various human rights groups in Olympia, Washington, and to provide in-depth training for professionals from countries experiencing war, organized violence, or other forms of political oppression. The origins of the International Trauma Treatment Program date back to the mid 1980’s, when our current Clinical Director and founder, Dr. John R. Van Eenwyk, helped to establish the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, in Chicago.