This Institute for Parenting Event is cosponsored by the School of Social Work and CHI.
While for some New Yorkers life is returning to a certain degree of normalcy, for many others, who have been impacted by the large-scale disaster of Hurricane Sandy, the recovery process continues and will be lengthy. The emotional, as well as the physical, impact can linger for many months or even years. Most survivors will cope adequately and recover with time – particularly if they receive the right support. Learning to deliver Psychological First Aid will prepare clinicians and responders to address the current and ongoing needs of adults, families and children impacted by the storm.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Adelphi University’s Institute for Parenting and the School of Social Work provided a brief introduction to Psychological First Aid – the evidenced supported approach to aid disaster survivors developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and the National Center for PTSD. Now, in response to overwhelming interest in helping disaster survivors, certified PFA trainers who were responders in the aftermath of Katrina and the BP Oil Spill, will be providing the complete full-day skills based Psychological First Aid Training Program.
The instructors will provide the opportunity to learn and practice the full evidence based, modular, skills based approach. They will use illustrative video vignettes, case discussion and interactive opportunities to practice in a full-day training designed for practitioners and responders to develop the specific skills to offer Psychological First Aid. This program will help to promote resilience in the face of acute and ongoing stressors.
Michele M. Many, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ms. Many is a licensed clinical social worker and the Chief of Social Work for the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry. She is an authorized trainer in Psychological First Aid and utilized PFA in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and after the BP Oil Spill. She coordinates the St. Bernard Project Wellness and Mental Health Clinic and outreach to Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish schools for the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project. Ms. Many is a senior clinician in several multidisciplinary teams including the Orleans Parish Infant Team and the Orleans Parish Court Team. Ms. Many’s areas of expertise include, and child abuse, professional self-care and grief and loss.
Amy Dickson, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans as well as the Psychology Section Deputy Chief, and the Psychology Internship Child Program Coordinator. She is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in infant mental health and the treatment of trauma victims. Dr. Dickson received training in Psychological First Aid by Dr. Melissa Brymer and applied PFA in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the BP Oil Spill and several traumatic incidents in local schools. Dr. Dickson is on the teaching faculty for the Harris Infant Mental Health Fellowship and is the director of the Orleans Parish Infant Team which evaluates and treats children (ages 5 and under) and their families after the children have been removed from their biological parents due to abuse and neglect. Dr. Dickson additionally conducts family therapy with infants, children and their caregivers and consults to two local child protection offices. She provides supervision to residents involved in both of these programs and treats adults and children in her private practice.
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