WCSU offers Crisis Response Training

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Counselor Education program will host Basic Crisis Response Training provided by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, June 25 – 27, 2014, in the Campus Center Ballroom on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The training is intended for professionals who work with victims and survivors of violent crime, trauma and disaster.

The training is the result of efforts by WCSU Associate Professor of Counselor Education Dr. Gabriel Lomas, who has worked to create a regional crisis team to assist area schools in crisis response preparation. The crisis response team would serve to pool the resources of the university and partnering school districts in order to provide support immediately after an event such as a shooting, death, natural disaster or other crisis event. Lomas was a member of a school-based crisis response team and clinical crisis response team in Texas, and has been working for several years to adapt a similar model for Connecticut schools.

Dean of the WCSU School of Professional Studies Dr. Jess House said a regional team is important because if a crisis happens at a particular school, or first responders from a specific town are exposed to unimaginable trauma, the counseling professionals in the epicenter of the event may be overwhelmed by the demands placed upon them. A regional team would enable professionals from another district to step in and provided needed counseling services at a time when it would be needed most.

“We’ve gotten a great response from area school administrators,” House said. “They’ve been very supportive.”

The larger community has come on board, too, with an anonymous donation from a Newtown resident to partially underwrite the training.

For more information, contact Lomas at lomasg@wcsu.edu or (203) 837-8512.

 

 

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