Trauma and Resilience in Our Schools
Friday 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

The Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995, taught us about how we respond to a disaster. We were confronted with the reality that trauma affects us. Schools, fire departments, news stations, places of business, and many other groups had to rethink what we need to have resilience in the shadow of a horrific disaster. Today, students and emerging adults are bombarded with an unprecedented amount of stressors, but we have also learned how to better prepare ourselves and even thrive in this complex world.

School Counselors, Administrators, and School Board Members are invited to a FREE workshop on Trauma and Resilience. Join us for an informative and interactive event on how we can better understand and serve our young students. Expert speakers tell their own personal stories from the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11 and share their life’s work on mental health. Finally, share and learn about practical resources for dealing with the stressors of today.

  • John R. Tassey, PhD | Medical Psychology Program Manager and Director of the Health Psychology Clinic at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Studies at Oklahoma City University
    Dr. Tassey was appointed chair of the APA Task Force on the Mental Health Response to the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. He also deployed to Washington D.C. following the September 11 attacks while serving as the Red Cross National Mental Health Consultant from 1998 through 2007. He currently serves as the American Psychological Association Disaster Resource Network coordinator for Oklahoma.
  • Karla Vermeulen, PhD | Deputy Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health and Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY New Paltz
    Dr. Vermeulen teaches courses in disaster mental health, grief counseling, and developmental psychology. She also has coordinated the development and production of training curricula on disaster mental health for the New York State Department of Health and Office of Mental Health, the American Red Cross, the United Nations, and other organizations. Her most recent book, Generation Disaster: Coming of Age Post-9/11, covers her research on the multiple stressors that shaped the developmental environment for today’s emerging adults in their youth and as the take on adult responsibilities in an unprecedentedly complex world.

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