Skills for Psychological Recovery - 2 Day Conference
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the months and years after disasters and terrorism. SPR is designed to help survivors acquire skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities. Principles and techniques of Skills for Psychological Recovery meet four basic standards. They are: (1) consistent with research evidence on risk and resilience following trauma; (2) applicable and practical in field settings; (3) appropriate for developmental levels across the lifespan; and (4) culturally informed and delivered in a flexible manner.
The goals of SPR are to:
1. Protect the mental health of disaster survivors
2. Involve survivors in identifying and addressing their current needs and concerns
3. Teach skills to promote the recovery of children, adolescents, adults, and families
4. Prevent maladaptive behaviors
These goals are accomplished by helping survivors to:
• Identify and Prioritize Current Concerns
• Build Problem-Solving Skills
• Schedule and Engage in Positive Activities
• Promote Helpful Thinking
• Rebuild Healthy Social Connections
• Manage Distressing Reactions
This training is only open to NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Certification holders. Attendance to both days is required.
This two day training is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 and Thursday, June 23, 2011.
Registration begins at 8:30 am both days.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
12 Clinical NASW CEU's Pending*
The training will be held at Rutgers< the State University, Douglass College Campus, New Brunswick.
Your registration confirmation will include detailed information about facility location, parking and other pertinent information.
About the Trainers
Melissa. J. Brymer, Ph.D., Psy.D. is the Director of Terrorism and Disaster Programs of the UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. In this capacity, she is involved with the development of acute interventions, assessment, and educational materials in the area of terrorism, disasters, and school crises. She is one of the primary authors of Psychological First Aid, and is the lead trainer. She has been a consultant for many school districts across the country after school shootings and also with the United Nations Children's Fund in Kosovo. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she was invited by the US Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to provide on-site consultation with school districts in the hurricane-affected states. Dr. Brymer is a licensed clinical psychologist who has clinical and research experience in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse, terrorism and disasters, and acute child trauma.
Dr. Robert D. Macy is a practicing trauma psychologist with 20 years experience in academic, clinical and international acute psychological trauma and behavioral health disaster response, management and recovery. Dr. Macy is a trauma psychologist and a Research Fellow in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He serves as a psychosocial and trauma disaster response expert at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he is Co-Chair of the Division of Disaster Resilience and works in partnership with Dr. Ciottone in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Macy is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Trauma Psychology which has provided psychosocial disaster management to 17 countries worldwide over the last 10 years producing the first ever randomized cluster controlled trials of effective psychosocial trauma focused interventions in disaster zones across four different cultures.
Patricia Watson, Ph.D. has been a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD, and assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry, for the last 11 years. She is a co-author of the Psychological First Aid Field Guide and Skills for Psychological Recovery Manual by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, and has additionally co-edited three books on disaster behavioral health interventions. She has co-authored numerous articles, guidance documents, training materials, and chapters on disaster mental health, resilience, and pandemic flu. She served as Project Coordinator for the SAMSHA Center for Mental Health Services and National Center for PTSD, collaborative agreement, Best Practices in Disaster Mental Health from 2001 - 2008. She recently completed an extensive literature review of the disaster interventions studies over the last 5 years, to provide guidance on Crisis Counseling Program improvement. In addition to being a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD, she is currently the Associate Director of the Terrorism and Disaster Program for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Program
The genesis for the credentialing project was conceived in the aftermath of 9/11, when the New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services operated its largest FEMA-funded disaster response program in its history. Many lessons were learned from 9/11, with one of the principle lessons being the critical need for an organized, well-trained and credentialed workforce. The credentialing project was initiated in August 2004, when a general forum was held for community providers to assess the status of the workforce and determine the most prominent issues post-9/11. This forum was followed by two community provider focus groups that examined the process of credentialing disaster mental health workers. The focus groups pulled together experts from the community to identify the competencies necessary for effective response in disaster, crisis and traumatic event situations. Following these forums, a best practice search was conducted to identify organizations that had developed a similar process and tools. A draft credentialing application was developed that reflected these best practice tools and practices, drawing from the experience of such organizations as the American Red Cross, Doctors of the World, Mental Health Workers/Doctors without Borders, and the United Nations mission field operations guide.
Beginning in late 2004 and continuing throughout 2005, the credentialing process and application was piloted in five counties: Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic and Monmouth counties. In total, approximately 315 applications were reviewed, and both the process and the application itself were revised and refined. The project was reviewed with Assistant Commissioner Kevin Martone, Candice Covington, Gladys Padro and Monica Indart in April 2006, and the decision was made to extend the credentialing process to all counties.