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David Gangsei
Consultant, Physicians for Human Rights
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David Gangsei, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist specializing in human rights, mental health and social justice. He has 25 years experience working in organizations providing multidisciplinary rehabilitation services for survivors of politically motivated torture. From 2000 – 2008, he served as Clinical Director at Survivors of Torture, International in San Diego, developing a multi-disciplinary program serving over 700 survivors from 55 countries. This work included network and resource development, supervision, treatment and training. David has specialized expertise in documenting the psychological effects of torture for legal proceedings. He has conducted training and consultation with NGO staff at human rights and psycho-social service organizations in Mexico, Peru, El Salvador and Sierra Leone. Currently, he coordinates a project with Physicians for Human Rights training law students and legal professionals to work effectively with traumatized clients and to recognize and manage vicarious trauma. During his tenure with Survivors of Torture, International, he observed and named the phenomenon of “vicarious resilience,” whereby trauma workers are inspired and empowered through their exposure to the resilient capacities of survivors. His joint publications on that theme have been published in Family Process and Traumatology.