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From: 9/11/2013 8:15:00 AM

To: 9/12/2013 4:00:00 PM

Publication date: 7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM

Street: 30 Tyler Prentice Rd.
City: Worcester, MA



Date: September 11th and 12th, 2013

Time: 8:30am to 4pm (registration 8:15am)

Location: First Assembly of God church 

30 Tyler Prentice Rd.  Worcester, MA

Presented By Riverside Trauma Center  

The goal of this comprehensive two-day training is to prepare individuals to deliver basic behavioral health disaster response skills following large scale disasters or smaller scale critical incidents such as homicide, suicide, accidental death, and similarly distressing events. 

The following are objectives to be met during the two days of training:

Participants will be presented with a discussion of the evolution of efforts to assist survivors following trauma and provided with overview of the human stress response and how that informs our interventions with distressed individuals.    


A thorough presentation of Psychological First Aid (PFA) is provided. PFA is the current standard of care for trauma recognized by the US government (FEMA) and the World Health Organization. This model is presented, covering the 8 core functions. Participants are asked to role play providing PFA and the approach and practice session are discussed. 

The Post Traumatic Stress Management continuum will be presented, with a detailed explanation and demonstration of conducting Coping Groups. Coping Groups are a key component of this model which has evolved from the Critical Incident Stress Management model, but has been adapted to reflect current advances in the field, including a strong emphasis on coping and resilience. The 9-phase model is explained in detail, and participants role play leading and participating in a coping group. 

Participants learn the circumstances under which each of the four models within the PTSM continuum is best applied (large scale incidents, smaller scale, time from critical incident to response, etc.). Incident Command System leadership roles are discussed.


Finally, we will underscore the importance of personal stress management for the responder. We engage participants in either a mediation/ relaxation or guided imagery exercise to teach the skill and model skills that can be used with trauma survivors. Risks of vicarious traumatization are covered, and participants are asked to identify their coping and resource development strategies.  

The Presenters: 

James McCauley, LICSW, is a Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Riverside Trauma Center which provides critical incident response and postvention services to schools and communities throughout Massachusetts. He has served as the Director of Riverside’s Outpatient Center in Newton and was the Director of Youth and Family Services for Riverside Community Care for several years. Jim has more than 20 years experience managing outpatient programs for both children and adults. He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Suffolk University. Jim has a special interest and provides consultation and training on postvention services, suicide clusters, and suicide prevention coalitions. He has presented at several statewide and national conferences on these topics. An Army veteran, he has a special interest in services for returning veterans.  

Larry Berkowitz, MPA, Ed.D., a licensed psychologist, is the Director and Co-Founder of Riverside Trauma Center. He has provided direct therapeutic services for over 20 years, supervised for over 15, managed an outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment center for 12 years, and has directed two FEMA-funded post-disaster Crisis Counseling Programs. Clinical areas of expertise include work with children, adolescents, and families, as well as trauma response work and post-suicide intervention services for schools and communities. He has presented on suicide prevention and postvention topics at state and national conferences and conducts trainings on Psychological First Aid and Post Traumatic Stress Management for schools systems, higher education, and communities. 

And joined by other members of the Riverside Trauma Center Staff

Continuing Education:  13 Hours Continuing education is available for this training. Participants must attend both days to receive credit

Applications will be made for Continuing Education for Social Workers and for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  Continuing Education for Nurses is available. 

Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Riverside maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please complete the registration form below and a MRC coordinator will contact you to confirm your registration.
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