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Symposium to tackle resiliency in the face of trauma

Published 2:31 pm, Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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The New Canaan-based Voices of September 11th and the Rutgers University School of Social Work will host the symposium "Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma: Identification and Treatment of Long Term Needs" Friday, Jan. 17. The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rutgers University's Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center, 100 George St., New Brunswick, N.J.

The conference will mark the launch of the Voices Center of Excellence for Community Resilience, an initiative that will share lessons learned to promote healing in the lives of those impacted by mass violence and other tragedies.

The keynote speaker will be John L. Barry, the superintendent of the Aurora Public Schools in Colorado at the time of the shooting at the movie theater in 2012. He was largely responsible for issuing the schools' response to the incident, mobilizing counseling and support services for the victims' families, survivors and the Aurora community. An estimated 150 of his current and former students, teachers and their family members were present during the showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

A retired three-star Air Force general, Barry was working in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, during the terrorist attack. At the time of the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster in 2003, Barry was a senior military officer for NASA. He was later appointed by President George Bush as executive director of the board to determine the reasons for the space shuttle disaster.

"Our work since 9/11, has given us great insight into the long-term needs of victims' families and survivors," Mary Fetchet, Voices of September 11th founding director, said. "The symposium will educate service providers about lessons learned in the response to mass violence and the delivery of effective support services and treatment."

The symposium will provide research-based information and suggested methods of practice to assist clinicians, responders, social services agencies, educators and communities in responding over the long term.

The cost is $100 or $125 with five non-clinical CEU credits for social workers. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register, visit www.voicesofseptember11.org.

Other speakers are Nancy Turret, clinician and researcher at New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Medical Center; Clifford Lacy, M.D., director of the University Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response; Iris G. Udasin, M.D., director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute Clinical Center; Paul Park, clinician at the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program; Fetchet; and Jennifer Bauwens, research consultant, Voices of September 11th.

The cost is $100 or $125 with five non-clinical CEU credits for social workers. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register, visit www.voicesofseptember11.org.