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      Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, October 2013

      posted Nov 13, 2013, 10:34 AM by Trauma Team   [ updated Dec 8, 2013, 4:55 PM ]

      In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy hit Long Island with a force that nobody imagined would occur. Some communities experienced unprecedented loss. One community on the south shore of Long Island contacted the Trauma Team to provide support on the one year anniversary in their community. Members of the Trauma Team were present at a community procession and blessing of houses around the town. The Trauma Team was able to provide reassurance throughout a night commemorating a devastating event to the residents.

      Suicide at Residence

      posted Feb 26, 2013, 8:10 PM by Trauma Team

      Just a few weeks ago, the Trauma Team received a phone call from a home which had suffered losing one of its members to suicide. The Trauma Response Team went immediately to speak with some of the fellow residents about their reactions to the traumatic event, some of them having been eyewitnesses. Just a few weeks later, the Team went back to counsel some staff members from the residence who felt that they too may benefit from the Trauma Team's work.

      Hurricane Relief

      posted Jan 31, 2013, 8:32 AM by Trauma Team

      Just two days after the Hurricane Sandy hit on October 29, the LIU/Post award-winning Trauma Team joined forces with the Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope to make the first post-Sandy entrance into Long Beach, New York.  Dr. Thomas Demaria, the head of the Trauma Team, along with the team coordinator and second-year student Andrew Muschel, and first-years Michelle Dziedzic, Kimmy Ramotar, and Charu Sood, all helped give out coffee and doughnuts to the 1,000+ members of the Long Beach community as they began the local clean-up effort.  Two days later, Dr. Eva Feindler, Program Director, led first-years Thompson Ritchie, Vicky Mesrie, Lily Magid, and Charu Sood, second-year Jacque Blocher, and third-year Nicole Nadell in assisting the Salvation Army’s distribution of supplies in Island Park, New York.  The group handed out cleaning kits, blankets, military meal packs, soup, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, and other snacks, as well as information on how to contact FEMA for aid.  As more donations arrived on the scene, the group also helped distribute fire wood, baby supplies, and other donated goods.  The following week, Dr. Demaria, assisted by Thompson and Sara Pascal, offered a workshop for parents at LIU’s Brooklyn campus on how to help themselves and their children manage the stress of the storm.  On Thursday night, Dr. Vidair went with second-year student Noel Hunter, and one of our alumni, Silvia Fiammenghi, to Queens College, where they assisted 440 people displaced from their homes in the Rockaways and Breezy Point, by giving out food, assisting medical staff with people waiting, playing with children, and working at the entry desk. Faculty and students who participated could not help but be moved by the immense losses people suffered and their pain in witnessing the destruction of their home towns first-hand.  All who participated marveled at the resiliency of those they assisted. 

      9/11 Family Summer Camp 2011

      posted Nov 27, 2011, 1:16 PM by Trauma Team

      The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, represent a collective trauma in that people across the country suffered adverse effects, including those who did not suffer direct losses. Those directly affected by the trauma are at a higher risk for developing more severe difficulties coping with the aftermath of the events. Because of this it has become increasingly important for mental health services to remain a constant in the lives of these individuals. During the summer of 2011, as the 10 year anniversary of the events approached, a specialized summer camp program was constructed for the children of those killed in the attacks. Utilizing the HATS protocol, the program covered topics such as Finding the Pearl Inside, Naming Feelings, Finding a Sense of Safety, Relaxation, Fighting Back Against Negative Feelings and Looking Ahead and Setting Goals. Konata Stallings ran the "Finding the Pearl Inside" program in which he utilized a cartooning exercise where the children were encouraged to draw themselves as a superhero and speak about the idea of how each person is unique and can showcase their special attributes. The program was well received by those who participated.

      Reaching Internationally to Support Survivors

      posted Sep 19, 2011, 9:35 AM by Trauma Team

      In response to the recent revolution in Egypt, the Trauma Response Team (TRT) Project Coordinator, Sara Pascal, was contacted to provide support to refugee and international staff at a refugee aid organization in Cairo, Egypt. TRT members, Melody Wysocki and Sara Pascal, will be providing the 3 week trauma psychoeducation training, along with the support of Konata Stallings, Brianna Blake, Cassie Fitcher, and Marie Mercado,  under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Demaria. This distance trauma psychoeducation program will be conducting using Skype Internet communication system in order to provide the best quality and cost effective training.

      We will be providing training that addresses the difficulties associated with experiencing trauma and working with traumatized individuals.  Specific areas that will be covered include symptoms of trauma disorders, psychological first aid, self-care, issues related to safety and loss, and working with staff to create a healthy working environment.  The goal of training is to assist staff in better understanding the effects of trauma on an individual, the therapist, and the entire organization.  Through this training, staff will enhance their skills and knowledge of trauma and how to work effectively in a trauma-focused organization.

      In an effort to increase our international work, we hope to be able to learn and expand this support to other distant communities in the future.

      The Trauma Response Team offering support for Haitian Elementary School children.

      posted Sep 19, 2011, 9:33 AM by Trauma Team

      The earthquake in Haiti was a stressful event for many members of the
      Haitian-American community. The C.W. Post Trauma Response Team was
      very active in the months following the disaster providing trauma
      education and counseling to the community in the local New York area.
      At the time of the year anniversary of the earthquake, the Trauma
      Response Team is now offering support for children of Haitian decent
      at Hebron Seventh-Day Adventist Elementary School.

      Second year doctoral students Cassie Fichter and Surrenca Albert are
      working with faculty advisor Dr. Thomas Demaria to provide
      trauma-focused psychoeducational services to the students at Hebron
      Elementary School.  The Trauma Response Team would like to thank Dr.
      Robin Gerwich of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for her
      permission to use the H.A.T.S. (Helping After Trauma Skills) protocol.
       She developed this manualized educational curriculum for use in the
      wake of community wide traumatic events.  This intervention
      incorporates educational material on basic safety skills in the face
      of disasters, psychoeducation, and treatment exercises to address
      symptoms and behavioral difficulties associated with trauma and loss.

      School Consultations on Bereavement & Memorials

      posted Sep 19, 2011, 9:18 AM by Trauma Team   [ updated Nov 19, 2013, 6:20 PM ]

      The Trauma Team continues to provide consultations to local schools following the death of a member of the school community.  New guidelines developed by the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement (NCSCB) have been presented by Matt Liebman, Chani Goldfeder, Michelle Conti & Sharon Potash.  For more information about these guidelines go to the following link or contact Dr. Demaria who is a member of the professional advisory board for the NCSCB.

      http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/svc/alpha/s/school-crisis/default.htm
       
      Michelle Conti has also  been working on a special commemorative mural project with the schools as part of her Doctoral Dissertation Research.

      9/11 Related Activities

      posted Aug 15, 2011, 2:46 PM by Sara Pascal

      The following is a list of 9/11 related activities that Dr. Thomas Demaria and the Trauma Team are currently involved with:

       

      1. Special workshops this summer for bereaved 9/11 children and families of 9/11 First Responders to help prepare them for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks
      2. Workshop at the United States Department of Health & Human Services NYC Conference on September 1st on Supporting Strengths and Restoring Resiliency: Lessons Learned from 9/11 in New York City on Post-Trauma Recovery and Resiliency of Diverse Communities
      3. Ground Zero memorial ceremonies on 9/11/11 as Red Cross Disaster Mental Health and Salvation Army volunteers   
      4. Curation of a 9/11 Child Art Show   for the National 9/11 Museum Memorial
      5. FDNY Boat Trip on 9/1/11 around lower Manhattan for Bereaved 9/11 Families   
      6. Acquisition of steel from the World Trade Center for our campus from the Port Authority that will be used in conjunction with a special art project with 9/11 bereaved children by the Israeli artist Raffael  
      7. Three webinars supported by a grant from the Trauma in Women and Children’s Committee of Region II of the United States Department of Health and Human Services featuring information about the impact of the terrorist attacks and recovery processes during the past ten years
      8. Continuation of a special counseling program funded by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for First Responders and their families in coordination with Tuesday’s Children called the “First responder Alliance”
      9. C.W. Post IRB approved research with bereaved 9/11 families about their experiences and ongoing needs

      Reaching Internationally to Support Survivors

      posted Jun 13, 2011, 5:57 PM by Sara Pascal   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 8:35 AM ]

      In response to the recent revolution in Egypt, the Trauma Response Team (TRT) Project Coordinator, Sara Pascal, was contacted to provide support to refugee and international staff at a refugee aid organization in Cairo, Egypt. TRT members, Melody Wysocki and Sara Pascal, will be providing the 3 week trauma psychoeducation training, along with the support of Konata Stallings, Brianna Blake, Cassie Fitcher, and Marie Mercado under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Demaria. This distance trauma psychoeducation program will be conducting using Skype Internet communication system in order to provide the best quality and cost effective training.

      We will be providing training that addresses the difficulties associated with experiencing trauma and working with traumatized individuals.  Specific areas that will be covered include symptoms of trauma disorders, psychological first aid, self-care, issues related to safety and loss, and working with staff to create a healthy working environment.  The goal of training is to assist staff in better understanding the effects of trauma on an individual, the therapist, and the entire organization.  Through this training, staff will enhance their skills and knowledge of trauma and how to work effectively in a trauma-focused organization.

      In an effort to increase our international work, we hope to be able to learn and expand this support to other distant communities in the future.

      The Trauma Response Team offering support for Haitian Elementary School children.

      posted May 13, 2011, 7:57 AM by Trauma Team

      The earthquake in Haiti was a stressful event for many members of the
      Haitian-American community. The C.W. Post Trauma Response Team was
      very active in the months following the disaster providing trauma
      education and counseling to the community in the local New York area.
      At the time of the year anniversary of the earthquake, the Trauma
      Response Team is now offering support for children of Haitian decent
      at Hebron Seventh-Day Adventist Elementary School.

      Second year doctoral students Cassie Fichter and Surrenca Albert are
      working with faculty advisor Dr. Thomas Demaria to provide
      trauma-focused psychoeducational services to the students at Hebron
      Elementary School.  The Trauma Response Team would like to thank Dr.
      Robin Gerwich of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for her
      permission to use the H.A.T.S. (Helping After Trauma Skills) protocol.
       She developed this manualized educational curriculum for use in the
      wake of community wide traumatic events.  This intervention
      incorporates educational material on basic safety skills in the face
      of disasters, psychoeducation, and treatment exercises to address
      symptoms and behavioral difficulties associated with trauma and loss.

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