8:00 - 8:45 AM Registration/Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks
9:00 - 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker: James Halpern, PhD - Lessons Learned from Crisis Counseling after the Sandy Hook School Shooting: Dr. Halpern is the co-author of, Disaster Mental Health: Theory and Practice, published by Brooks/Cole (July, 2007). He has given numerous scholarly and training presentations on trauma and disaster mental health throughout the US and abroad and has received highly competitive federal grants (United States Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and New York State grants (Department of Health, Office of Mental Health and Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services) and several grants from the American Red Cross. He currently serves as an advisory board member of the New York/New Jersey Planning and Emergency Preparedness Learning Center, the World Association for Disaster Emergency Medicine, the New York State Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative and the National Disaster Distress Helpline Steering Committee. He has also provided direct service to disaster survivors and served in a leadership role at both large-scale national and local disasters (e.g. 9/11, Flight 587, Florida Hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina, Newtown School shooting, Harlem building explosion).
10:00 - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 - 11:30 AM Morning Session #1
- Child/Family: Elizabeth Meeker, PsyD - Building Resiliency: Trauma responsive education to support children and families
- Adult: Larry Baker, PhD – Nuclear Plants and the Culture of Safety: When a depressed airline pilot crashed his plane deliberately, there was discussion about why others who knew he was depressed had not spoken up. The "answer" was that no one would want to squeal on a colleague, and the expectation that safety was number one was wrong. Nuclear plants have a strong culture of safety, and Dr. Baker will discuss its broad outlines here
11:30 - 11:45 AM Break
11:45 - 1:00 PM Morning Session #2
- Child/Family: Jody Todd Manly, PhD - Disseminating Effective Services through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Adult: Chris Sbaratta, PhD - An Invisible Shade of Blue: Standards for the Evaluation of Correction Officers: This presentation centers on the public safety role of the Correction Officer. Dr. Sbaratta will introduce this oft overlooked law enforcement position and discuss how psychologists in the New York City Department of Correction (NYCD) serve to mitigate public safety risk. This presentation will (a) review the evolution of psychological standards for Officer evaluation, (b) outline critical and unique cultural considerations, (c) summarize relevant 'in-house' research, and (d) attend to the current climate of scandal surrounding the NYCD and NYPD
1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 3:15 PM Afternoon Session #1
- Child/Family: Elaine Spaull, Executive Director of the Center for Youth - The Center for Youth: An Innovative Community Program for Vulnerable Youth Based on Principles of Trauma-Informed Care and Person-Centered Interventions.
- Adult: Lisa D. Butler, PhD - Practicing what we teach: Why it is important to employ a trauma-informed approach in clinical training: This presentation will discuss how employing a trauma-informed framework is appropriate not only for the care of clients, but also for the training of clinicians. New findings will be presented concerning adjustment among graduate students in clinical training, including predictors (training-related retraumatization experiences, stress, and self-care practice) of secondary traumatic stress symptoms, burnout, health status, and compassion satisfaction. Additionally, the rationale and some initial guidelines for establishing emotional safety in the classroom will be described.
3:15 - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 - 4:45 PM Afternoon Session #2
- Child/Family: Steve Kirsch - The Effects of Media Violence in a A Violent World: A Risk Factor Approach
- Adult: Roy Aranda, PsyD, JD - Violence and Terrorism: Psychological Impact on Victims, First Responders, and Society:
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop in persons who have had very traumatic, disturbing, or frightening experiences, or have witnessed such events, whether in close proximity or even at a distance. PTSD became officially recognized as a mental health condition in 1980 when it was included in the DSM-III. PTSD can rear its ugly head under many different circumstances such as:
Natural disasters: hurricanes, tornadoes, deadly blizzards, cyclones, earthquakes, monsoons, deadly storms, deadly heat-waves, tsunamis, wild-fires.
Man-made disasters: war, displacement caused by civil war or other social unrest, deadly fires, etc.
Acts of terrorism: 9/11; “Summer of Terrorism”; etc.
Acts of violence: child abuse, emotional, mental or physical abuse, domestic violence, mayhem, physical or sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse and molestation, rioting and urban violence (such as gang violence).
Accidents: airplane crashes; car, rail, boat or ship accidents; elevator accidents; deadly stampedes (e.g., at some soccer games, concerts, or riots).Life threatening illnesses.
- Captivity: prostitution brothels, long-term domestic violence, organized child exploitation rings; sex slave trade
This workshop will review the basics of PTSD and co-occurring disorders including: causes; symptoms in survivors (adults and children) whether they were bystanders, first responders, rescue workers (e.g. workers at Ground Zero), treatment providers, and those who were exposed through electronic media; how to evaluate PTSD; and clinical and forensic applications in which PTSD may play a role.
4:45 - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks