Dr. Mollica presents an exciting new model for working with highly traumatized refugee communities that is applicable to serving trauma survivors worldwide.

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The H-5 model is receiving global attention as something new, culturally relevant and effective. The model consists of 5 dimensions centered around the trauma story:

  • H uman Rights
  • H umiliation
  • H ealing (self)
  • H ealth Promotion
  • H abitat

Richard F. Mollica , MD, MAR

Richard Mollica is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) at Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 1981, Dr. Mollica and HPRT have pioneered the medical and mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture in the United States and abroad. They developed one of the first clinical programs for refugees in the United States. HPRT’s Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) became the first culturally validated instrument to measure trauma/torture and psychiatric symptoms of PTSD in refugee populations. The HTQ is used worldwide and has been translated into over 30 languages.

Under Dr. Mollica's direction, HPRT conducts clinical, training, policy, and research activities for populations affected by mass violence around the world. He is also currently active in the development of a global health training program focusing on trauma and recovery. This Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program is the first of its kind in global mental health and post-conflict/disaster planning and clinical care. The course sponsored by Harvard Medical School is two weeks live in Orvieto, Italy, and five months online.

Dr. Mollica received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. While at Yale he also trained in epidemiology and received a philosophy degree from Yale Divinity School. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Human Rights Award, American Psychiatric Association (1993); the Max Hayman Award, American Orthopsychiatry Association (1996); a lifetime visiting professorship, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan; and the Fulbright Commission’s New Century Scholar Award

(2001). Dr. Mollica has published over 160 scientific manuscripts. His book, Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World, is currently available in most