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Trauma Lines Newsletter Now Available to Public

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There are several advantages that come with being a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. There are the certification opportunities which entitle members to be recognized as having met a rigorous standard of educational and experiential requirements in the field of trauma provision, there is the publication in our resource directory identifying members by their area of expertise, teleconferences in current trends in trauma treatment, response and networking opportunities in the United States, Canada, and abroad, and ATSS also offers an international conference bi-annually.

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However, now one aspect of ATSS membership is now available to members and non-members alike: the bi-monthly ATSS newsletter.

Every two months, ATSS publishes a newsletter geared towards first responders, focusing on the latest trauma news, trainings, member-written articles, and more.

Here’s a preview of an article that’s slated to appear in the next Trauma Lines newsletter:

A first responder’s perspective

Despite the stress, concern and chaos, they always respond.

Those words should make you stop and think for a moment about our first responders and their actions during the recent tornados which have ravaged the south.

During and after these massive storms destroyed everything in their wake, while most residents were fleeing from the wreckage and the danger, the first responders were right there in the thick of it all, risking their lives to save others.

Here’s a first-hand look at pilot Robbie Tester’s perspective from the recent storms in the Southern U.S.:

Robbie Tester says his crew put on many hats that night, searching for and saving as many victims as they could.  He says it’s hard because you always fear the next call may be for one of your family members or friends.  But through the stress, concern, and chaos, they still always respond.

Last Wednesday, the storms so bad they couldn’t even fly through them.  Tester says, “There were numerous requests coming in for Lifeforce helicopters, but up until then we weren’t able to fly because the weather was just so bad.”

So Tester’s crew of 6 took off on the ground instead, taking an ambulance to Dade County.  Where, before they could help, they had to hide, staying safe through another storm.  “We went in basement at city hall and waited it out, and you could see it going around Trenton cause you could see debris falling from tornado.”

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June 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

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Helping Children Deal with Loss

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Kayla Held thought no one else in the world could possibly understand what she was going through. Kayla’s mother died from the injuries she sustained when a fire ripped through their home back in 2007.

But Kayla was wrong.

In fact, in recent years, dozens of students in her school alone had experienced the death of a loved one. Principal Sally Cocco soon realized that her student body had a need that wasn’t being addressed:

“I started to writing down names (of students who had lost a loved one) and it was glaringly obvious that we had a deep need at our school to support our students who had experienced the most tragic and horrific loss of their life,” she said.

“A lot of our students were suffering in silence. They were at varying stages of their bereavement and they all thought they were alone.”

By working with Tracy Hofland, a youth counsellor with the District School Board of Niagara, and Niagara author Christine Dernederlanden, Cocco introduced the public board’s first HUGS (Helping Understand Grief Session) at the Garrison Rd. school.

“The program is based on emotion and moving forward,” explained Dernederlanden, a certified trauma service specialist who developed the initiative.

It didn’t take long in the course of Dernederlanden’s program for the light bulb to go off in Kayla’s head: she wasn’t alone in her grief:

“I don’t have to keep all this stuff inside me any more. I can express my feelings about everything I’m going through and there’s other people who have experienced the same thing,” she said.

If not for the program, said Cocco, “the children would continue to suffer in silence.”

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June 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

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