INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS GATHER TO DISCUSS PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF MASS TRAUMA
VALHALLA, N.Y., June 9, 2006—Leading experts from the fields of mental health, disaster medicine, emergency preparedness and post-traumatic stress will gather at New York Medical College at a symposium entitled, “Early Psychological Intervention Following Mass Trauma: Present and Future Directions.” The conference will be held on Tuesday, June 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Nevins Auditorium. A simultaneous web-based seminar will enable participants from distant locations to take part by listening, viewing slides and asking questions via the Internet.
The program features a roster of distinguished speakers who will address the psychological aftereffects of mass trauma, which can stem from incidents ranging from a terrorist bombing or a nuclear accident to a natural disaster. Arieh Y. Shalev, M.D., who heads the Department of Psychiatry at Hadassah University Hospital in Israel and directs its Center for Traumatic Stress, is among the scheduled presenters. Other speakers include experts from the Centers for Disease Control, the Veterans Administration, Uniformed Services University and the National Institute of Mental Health.
Presentations will explore resilience, psychological first aid, the controversy over certain medications taken during or after a disaster, the role of government and communities, and cultural considerations in dealing with mass trauma.
The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Public Health at New York Medical College in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry, the Center for Study of Traumatic Stress of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the National Institute of Mental Health. The conference was made possible by a gift of the Sydney E. Frank Foundation, aimed at developing educational and research programs that explore mental health issues stemming from trauma, disaster or terrorism.