"Responding to Catastrophes: How to help families heal after natural and manmade disasters."
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
AGS Alumni Association cordially invites you to our next free continuing professional workshop, "Responding to Catastrophes: How to help families heal after natural and manmade disasters" on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 6pm-8pm in Presentation Hall.
Erin Lynn Kelly, MA LPC is an independent therapist who assists individuals and families overcome the past, adjust the present, and prepare for the future. She holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and she is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Her areas of interest include adolescents & young adults, therapeutic self-defense, disaster trauma, abuse, PTSD, and eating disorders. She has experience working with clients ages two through adult in individual, group, day programming, and residential settings.
1. Introduction to me, get to know the audience, and intro the topic of disaster trauma (definitions, how disasters affect the nation and the world in regards to death toll, money, field of psychology, etc).
2. Discuss how disasters affect kids and adolescents. Look at reactions in regards to developmental milestones, list tangible things parents can do to help their children recover from trauma, and diagnosis that may come from disasters.
3. Investigate other considerations of disasters, such as cultural considerations, spirituality, and even loss of something as small as pets.
4. Resiliency vs. Post-traumatic Growth. Define and discuss the differences, the importance of both, and how each relate to the topic at hand. Begin a discussion on how resiliency can be developed at the family and community level.
5. Discuss the different therapy modalities that can assist someone in healing from disasters
6. Self-care for professionals who are on the front lines and who are experiencing vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue.
*I will be using different presenting modalities to engage the audience (powerpoint, videos, handouts, large group and small group discussions).
1) define the different types of disaster trauma and identify natural reactions to this type of trauma,
2) learn how to coach parents whose children are affected by trauma and disasters
3) describe the difference between post-traumatic growth and resiliency and learn how to create a resilient community
4) discuss how different therapeutic modalities can assist survivor's healing
5) identify ways to perform self-care when experiencing compassion fatigue that develops from working with trauma survivors