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.
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