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May 22, 2003

 

Scholars to Explore Impact of Terrorism on Communities

Catholic University to Co-Host Spring Conference for Mental Health Professionals

 

Scholars will be gathering to discuss the impact of the threat of terrorism on communities and how mental health professionals can help, during a spring social work institute at the Catholic University of America.

 

“Terrorism and the Community’s Health: Psychological Consequences of Terrorism and Disaster” will be held May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Catholic University’s Shahan Hall, located at 620 Michigan Ave., NE, in Washington, D.C..

 

The academic conference is co-sponsored by CUA’s National Catholic School of Social Service and The Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, located in Bethesda, Md.

 

The spring institute is designed to provide mental health and health care providers, educators and policy makers with the knowledge and techniques communities need to manage the stress and trauma associated with the threat of local and international terrorism.  The institute comprises papers, a workshop and a panel of international and national experts in the fields of medicine and social work.

 

"Almost 18 months ago, the meaning of the numbers 911 significantly changed. Events in New York City and Washington, D.C., demonstrated that our communities were no longer exempt from the threats or acts of terrorism,” says James Zabora, dean of CUA’s National Catholic School of Social Service. “As we have recently returned to a state of high alert, mental health professionals must understand the psychological effects of these events while developing effective methods that promote adaptive responses."

 

Robert J. Ursano, M.D., is the keynote speaker for “Terrorism and the Community’s Health.” Ursano is professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. He also serves as the medical school’s director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.  He will address terrorism and the public’s health.  Ursano will be joined by colleagues who will speak about individuals and communities living in fear of weapons of mass destruction.  A panel discussion will integrate psychological issues of terrorism into social work practice and policy.

                                                      

Workshop participants also will review and discuss children’s artwork expressing themes of emerging hope in a time of fear about bioterrorism. Produced by inner city and suburban

students, the artwork will be examined as a technique for helping children deal with fear by using hands-on techniques for self-expression.

 

The panel schedule of the institute is as follows:

 

9 a.m.              TERRORISM AND THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH

 

Robert J. Ursano, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, and

director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

 

9:45 a.m.          INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES FACING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

 

Ann E. Norwood, M.D., senior adviser for public health risk communication, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health  Emergency Preparedness, Department of Health and Human Services

 

10:50 a.m.        COMMUNITY INTERVENTIONS AND TERRORISM: A BIOTERRORISM EXAMPLE WITH ADOLESCENTS

 

Carol S. Fullerton, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, and associate director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

 

Catherine P. Levinson, LCSW-C, senior research associate, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, and Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

 

11:30 a.m.        PANEL DISCUSSION: INTEGRATING PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES OF TERRORISM INTO SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE AND POLICY

                                   

Frederick L. Ahearn, Ph.D., professor of social work, CUA National Catholic School of Social Service

 

Diane Ursano, LCSW-C, school social worker, The Lodge School,

            Shepherd Pratt Health System

 

            Marika Moore Cutler, LCSW-C, social work clinician, CUA

National Catholic School of Social Service

                                   

12:00 p.m.        QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

The institute fee is $50, with a 20 percent discount to graduates of NCSSS. Continuing education units will be available to social workers.

                                               

MEDIA: To arrange for coverage or interviews with participants, panelists, or organizers, contact Chris Harrison or Victor Nakas by calling 202-319-5600 or emailing harrisoc@cua.edu.

 

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