by Danielle Chery ’09 (Journalism)
Public Affairs intern
The college was awarded a $48,000 competitive federal grant to fund the Institute for Disaster Mental Health’s (IDMH) sixth annual conference from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Entry is free for faculty, staff and students.
This year’s conference topic is “In the Wake of Disaster: Effective Mental Health Interventions.” The event will promote preparation and support for victims of mental health caused by disasters.
The morning keynote will be given by Chris Brewin, a clinical psychologist specializing in both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and memory. His speech, titled “Principles and Research on Early Intervention and the Screen and Treat Approach,” will focus on evidence-based healing methods for recent disaster survivors.
This event will also feature a panel of mental health experts, including Gerald McCleery, Mental Health Association; Paula Madrid, Psychosocial Preparedness Division of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University; and Monica Indart, Division of Mental Health Services – Disaster and Terrorism Branch.
All guest speakers have played major roles in responding to major catastrophes around the world.
There will also be a lunchtime panel hosted by Alan Chartock, president of WAMC Northeast Public Radio and publisher of The Legislative Gazette, which is operated under the college’s Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO). After lunch, attendees have the option to engage in afternoon standard workshops or extended professional workshops with information and training on interventions. After the workshops, there will be an hour of networking.
The Institute for Disaster Mental Health’s conference has also been sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration; New York State Department of Health; and Campus Auxiliary Services.
For more information, visit www.newpaltz.edu/idmh/conference.html.