The Trauma Response Team works hard to employ the mission of the LIU Post Doctoral Psychology Program and therefore is committed to serving the under-served. The TRT, which is coordinated by a team of Doctoral Psychology Graduate Students and led by Dr. Thomas Demaria, has provided approximately 30 off-site counseling responses following large and small disasters including trauma-informed outreach and intervention to vulnerable community members, such as schools and soup kitchens, whose lives have been impacted by trauma.
Psychological trauma remains relatively excluded from core curricula in graduate training programs, despite its impact and complex sequelae in the human experience1. The TRT provides students not only with trauma training in Psychological First Aid, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), but also with field experience in which these interventions are practiced. The team has provided support for bereaved families of 9/11 first-responders, and the New York Haitian community in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti.
The Trauma Response Research Team (TRRT) is another flourishing component of the team. Following the team’s mission to foster future psychologists’ trauma sensitivity, the TRRT engages students in the consumption and production of trauma related research. The research team works in collaboration with the TRT responders, placing them in a unique position to advance the science of traumatic stress through the study of the psychological, organizational, and societal impact of trauma, the treatment of trauma, the assessment of trauma, the study of multiculturalism and trauma, and the study of post-traumatic growth.