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Disasters and Community Trauma Upcoming Institute

Disasters and Community TraumaDisasters and Community Trauma” is a Residential Institute that will be offered this July 20-24 at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana. The Institute will be moderated by Dr. Ann-Marie Neale, Karen Horney Professor of Counseling and Psychology at the GTF. Dr. Neale is also a former Registered Nurse and has worked in the Operating Room, Cardiac and Pulmonary Critical Care, Mental Health and Orthopedics specialties, as well as served as a Mental Health Specialist with the American Red Cross.  Read more about Dr. Neale and her work here.

See photos from a few of our recent Institutes on our Facebook page: March 2014, GTF Institute in Oxford 2014, and Fall 2013.

About “Disasters and Community Trauma”:

With a focus on “The Emotional And Psychological Needs of Survivors and First Responders,” this Institute will familiarize students with the unique characteristics of natural and technological disasters, acts of terrorism, phases of disasters, the special needs of survivors and first responders as well as appropriate intervention techniques for both these groups. The importance of collaborative efforts among professionals such as clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals and others will be explored.  Each student will choose a specific example such as a recent natural or technological disaster, or community trauma, to discuss how the interventions in the readings would be beneficial.

Download a registration from from the Institute’s page, or download it directly from this link (opens PDF).

Components of the Disasters and Community Trauma Residential Institute include:

  • Required readings
  • Writing assignments for the week and a final paper due within 90 days of the end of the Institute
  • Daily in-class oral presentations
  • Academic exchange amongst a group of professional peers

Students may earn credits toward their GTF degrees by attending and completing this Institute.

Read past blog posts by Dr. Neale about her work in the area of disasters and community trauma (part 1 and part 2).