Presentations and Trainings

Trauma and Disaster Psychology with Dr. Demaria

posted Nov 13, 2013, 9:42 AM by Trauma Team   [ updated Nov 13, 2013, 10:29 AM ]

Dr. Thomas Demaria, Ph.D., will be teaching an undergraduate class in Spring 2014 at LIU Post. Class description is as follows:

Through an investigation of actual natural/manmade disasters, war, acts of interpersonal and sexual violence, cases of child abuse and terrorist attacks, the class will help students increase their understanding of the impact of psychological trauma and loss on individuals, families and the  community.  The class will be provided with a variety of theoretical frameworks in Trauma Psychology to assist in their analysis including current findings from developmental psychology and neuropsychology. Representative interventions developed to decrease Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in adults and children will be reviewed including short term (e.g. Psychological First Aid), clinical (e.g. Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and creative therapies (e.g. Traumatic Art Narrative Therapy).   In addition, complications (e.g. traumatic grief, substance abuse, cumulative trauma) that hinder recovery following traumatic exposure will be presented. A description of governmental (e.g. FEMA), professional (e.g. ISTSS) and relief organizations (e.g. Red Cross) involved in disaster response, recovery, mitigation and prevention planning will help students analyze the efficacy of past disaster management operations. Finally, students in the class will be offered an  opportunity to serve with graduate students in LIU Post Doctoral Psychology Program in trauma psychology research projects currently being conducted and participate in actual community Trauma Team responses.

Red Cross Training; October 26th

posted Oct 23, 2011, 2:33 PM by Trauma Team   [ updated Nov 21, 2011, 7:39 AM ]

26 students have taken us up on the opportunity to join the 
Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Responder Training. This training will give an overview of working with disaster relief. Taking this training will allow for many more opportunities to work with trauma and disaster relief. Good luck to all those involved in the training!

Trauma and Recovery in Women, Children, Families & Multicultural Groups Following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

posted Oct 7, 2011, 5:27 PM by Cassie Fichter   [ updated Dec 1, 2013, 3:50 PM by Trauma Team ]

Sponsored by the Office of Woman’s Health at the Department of Health and Human Services
9/11/11 was the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Americans have been connected to 9/11/2001 through their personal exposure to the terrorist attacks and/or the wars on terrorism in local and world theaters. This junction in our collective history provides us with a significant opportunity to reflect on the many lessons learned following this jarring assault on our sense of safety and related disruptions in our assumptive belief system.

This free series of three 90-minute internet-based webinars showcased promising practices that promote and foster trauma-informed care for women and their families in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. It is intended for not only mental and health care professionals, but also for community members, community and faith-based organizations working with women and families, and individuals from multicultural populations.

Webinar 1:
Minimizing the Short and Long Term impact of Trauma Exposure in Women and Children from Multicultural Populations
This webinar reviews the ways in which members of different ethnic, racial and cultural groups have been affected by the terrorist attacks and rebuilding of our national security. Promising practices that have been used with women and children from multicultural populations following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks are presented.
Presenter: Dr. Josette Banks

Webinar 2:
Developmental Implications and "Making Meaning" of Children and Adolescents with 9/11 Trauma Exposure (CLICK ON LINK TO VIEW WEBINAR)
This webinar discusses the impact of the terrorist attacks on development and values. Promising parenting practices which can be used to promote resiliency and post traumatic growth are presented. Representative interviews conducted by Matthew Liebman with young adults about successful adaptations they have made the past ten years are featured. Matthew Liebman is a second year clinical doctoral student at C.W. Post, Long Island University.
Presenter: Dr. Thomas P. Demaria

Webinar 3:
Changes in the Families and the Gender Roles Following Traumatic Exposure
This webinar features a detailed commentary on changes in families and the roles of women following the events of 9/11/01.
Presenters: Dr. Eva Feindler & Dr. Thomas P. Demaria

Sponsored by:

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the HHS Office on Women's Health. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators at HHS-sponsored conferences, do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

A Supervision model for student community disaster response.

posted May 12, 2011, 9:39 AM by Sara Pascal

As part of the Trauma Response Team's continued outreach education efforts, Dr. Demaria and the Trauma Response Team's Research Coordinator, Cassie Fichter, will be presenting at Adelphi Supervision Conference June 9th, from 3:30pm-5pm.



The development  of  the Psychological First Aid intervention (Vernberg et al, 2008, Zuzek et al, 2007) has helped with the training of future responders and subsequent disaster mental health responses following community disasters.  A need has been identified for the inclusion of trauma counseling as an essential training component in graduate education for future mental health clinicians (Courtois, 2009). This training of graduate students often involved field experience in the provision of evidence based interventions. Secondary traumatization of mental health responders who have responded to community disasters is an issue of serious concern especially for clinicians who provide trauma focused interventions (Elwood, 2011).    This roundtable discussion will review strategies for supporting graduate students who have been exposed to traumatic events in the community in their role as members of a community trauma response team.   A supervision model for student community disaster responses developed by the C.W. Post  Doctoral Program involving on-site faculty supervision, peer mentoring and post-intervention group processing will be presented.



Elwood, L. S., Mott, J., Lohr, J. M., & Galovski, T. E. (2011). Secondary trauma symptoms in clinicians: A critical review of the construct, specificity, and implications for trauma-focused treatment. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(1), 25-36.

Ruzek, J. I., Brymer, M. J., Jacobs, A. K., Layne, C. M., Vernberg, E. M., & Watson, P. J. (2007). Psychological First Aid. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 29(1), 17-49.

Vernberg, E. M., Steinberg, A. M., Jacobs, A. K., Brymer, M. J., Watson, P. J., Osofsky, J. D., & ... Ruzek, J. I. (2008). Innovations in disaster mental health: Psychological first aid. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39(4), 381-388.


Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to identify risk factors which can lead to secondary traumatization

Participants will be able to list strategies that can be used to prevent emotional distress in student disaster responders



The target audience for this presentation would be supervisors working with students in mental health training programs who work with students who provide disaster mental health or trauma counseling interventions.

Dr. Josette Banks speak about multiculturism

posted Mar 22, 2011, 10:16 AM by Trauma Team

Josette V. Banks, Ph.D. is a New York State Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of clinical and teaching experience on topics such as trauma, and managing cultural diversity in mental health practice. As Coordinator of Research for the Sanctuary Institute she developed a research consortium to evaluate a trauma informed model of organizational change. Currently Dr. Banks serves as the Assistant Clinical Director for the 9/11 First Responders Initiative and Assistant Director of the Psychological Services Center of the LIU – CW Post campus. A member of the Strategy Group on Mental Health & Trauma for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Dr. Banks is also a consultant to the NYU Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the NYS Education Department. She has a private practice with offices in Nassau and Westchester County.

Dr. Banks talk was geared to help Trauma Team members better understand the process of entering various organizations and communities when responding to disasters.

Titled: What am I getting into?!!? Increasing our competency with diversity as it relates to trauma. 

*Powerpoint presentation attached

Sanctuary Institute Training

posted Mar 22, 2011, 10:15 AM by Trauma Team

    Dr. Tom Demaria along with five Trauma Team members attended a three-day training of theSanctuary Institute. The Sanctuary Institute, founded by Dr. Sandra Bloom, is a trauma-focused organizational model. Their objective, as stated on their website (, “is to help organizations implement the trauma-informed, whole-system organizational approach known as the Sanctuary Model.” Trauma Team members learnt about the model with the focus of assisting continued empirically-based research on the model as well as implementing parts of the model within the Trauma Team structure itself. “The model brought the knowledge we have been learning about trauma  into the realm of the organization structure,” one Trauma Team member said afterward. “It was a really valuable experience, and meeting Sandra was an added bonus.”

New Trauma Psychology Course Offered by Doctoral Program

posted Mar 22, 2011, 10:09 AM by Trauma Team

A new Trauma Psychology Course will be offered by Dr. Demaria in the Spring of 2011. The course will provide training and instruction on:
1.       Impact of Disasters 

2.       Needs of Special Populations Following Disasters

3.       Interventions Following Disasters

4.       Individual and Clinical Interventions

5.       Clinical Interventions with Special Populations

6.       Psychology of Terrorism

7.       Resources Available from Organizations Working with Traumatized Populations

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