Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture Seeks Volunteers

For more than two decades, psychologist Dr. Mary Gardner has been the owner of Gardner Psychological Associates located in Chicago, Illinois. A charitable individual, Dr. Mary Gardner supports several endeavors based in Chicago, one of which includes the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture.

Established in 1987, the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture is a nonprofit program of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. It helps to transform the lives of those who are recovering from politically sanctioned torture. The program provides survivors with medical, mental health, and social services. It serves approximately 360 survivors annually and has worked with almost 2,000 survivors and their families.

Since it is a nonprofit, the program relies heavily on clinical and non-clinical volunteers to donate their time and services. Some of the volunteer opportunities available for the following professions are as follows:

* Dentistry. Dentists provide care on survivors who may have dealt with inadequate dental care while living in poverty or refuge camps.

* Medical care. Volunteer psychiatrists, physicians, and massage therapists treat survivors on-site or at private offices.

* Mental health care. This category includes licensed clinical social workers and licensed clinical professional counselors who offer group, individual, and art therapy to survivors. They help to treat PTSD and other diagnoses from the trauma.