Jorge Aroche is a clinical psychologist and the Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). Since 1988, STARTTS has played a crucial role in the development and implementation of innovative approaches to assist survivors of torture and refugee trauma to overcome the consequences of their traumatic experiences and rebuild their lives in Australia. This work has been developed in the context of a systemic and integrative model of service provision. STARTTS has assisted over 50,000 individual clients from over 70 nationalities through clinical interventions and psychosocial programs.
Prior to joining STARTTS, Jorge worked with migrants and refugee survivors of torture and organized violence. On joining STARTTS in 1989, he was instrumental in developing the then fledging service in various clinical and community development roles. He has led the organization since March 1997, through some of the most challenging times for refugee services in Australia. Under his leadership the organization has grown in size, scope and complexity, from an organization with a staff of 25 in one office to over 200 staff in 10 offices, providing highly specialized and innovative services to assist in the rehabilitation of traumatized refugees.
Jorge has presented and published widely nationally and internationally and has held numerous honorary positions in his chosen field of expertise. He is currently the president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture (IRCT), a membership organization with over 150 affiliated centres, with a secretariat based in Copenhagen.