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A Recap of Our Recent Articles

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For those of you who haven’t visited us recently, here’s a little review of some of our most recent posts:

Disaster Preparedness: Don’t Forget About the Kids“:

The recent natural disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have especially highlighted the need for more preparation and relief efforts designed specifically for children:

In August 2009, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate established a Children’s Working Group responsible for ensuring that the needs of children are addressed and integrated into all disaster planning, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts initiated at the federal level. To help with this effort, the working group partnered with LLIS.gov to create this Children and Disasters resource page, which will help LLIS.gov members understand the need for special recognition of children in emergency planning…

An Interview With Our President“:

The president of ATSS that is…

Before our conference earlier this month, I had a chance to ask ATSS President Kent Laidlaw a few questions about the upcoming conference and the future direction of the organization.

If there’s one message, one image that ATSS wants to project to the world, what is it?

That we are a reputable presence in the world of trauma that provides a highly-respected choice of professional certifications to those who work in the field in so many difference yet important ways.

Homeless Vets on Last Evening’s 60 Minutes“:

Back in 1988 when former veteran, now clinical psychologist, Jon Nachison and his colleague Robert van Keuren created a gathering place for struggling Vietnam vets, you can bet their hope was that they wouldn’t still be doing it some 20 years later.

Unfortunately, every year since then, the campout, described as “part job fair, part health clinic, part sobriety meeting,” has offered hope for many veterans who think their country has forgotten about them. The annual campout, known as “Stand Down,” is further proof that our country is still not equipped or prepared to handle our returning veterans.

Last evening, 60 Minutes aired a segment where they traveled to Stand Down; talked to its organizers and talked to some of the homeless vets. One interesting thing that the segment talked about was the increasing number of homeless female veterans

Survey Participants Needed: Siblings of Murder Victims“:

Developmental psychologist Susan Tasker of the University of Victoria is looking for individuals to participate in her upcoming research. Tasker is seeking siblings of murder victims so that she and her team can reveal a greater understanding of the short and long-term effects of this type of trauma.

Conducting research on topics such as this is never easy, but it’s important. It’s always the hope of researchers, like Tasker, that the findings of this study, and studies like this one, will help serve those suffering from these traumatic experiences, now and into the future.

What do researchers already know about siblings of murder victims?

The Conference Was A Huge Success!“:

There’s no question that this year’s conference was a huge success! ATSS would love to thank every single person who contributed to the 2010 conference. A lot of people went above and beyond to make sure this year’s conference went off without a hitch.

Now that we’ve all had some time to decompress from those busy couple of days, it’s time to get back to work promoting the organization and its mission.

We want to invite anyone who attended this year’s conference to share your thoughts and reactions. What were your favorite workshops, who were your favorite presenters, how can we improve for next time?

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Written by traumalines

October 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm

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