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Training & Education

VOICES has created educational programs and materials that help communities prepare to meet both the short and long-term needs of victims impacted by tragedy. Often emergency response planning does not take into account the long-term needs of victims. These individuals may continue to experience difficulties long after the event or they may find psychological issues will unexpectedly present years later.

Based upon the real world experience of staff members who have worked extensively since 2001 with those impacted by the attacks on 9/11, VOICES is uniquely positioned to provide a long-term framework for use by stakeholders within each community.

Our work has given us valuable insight into the long-term needs of victims' families, responders and survivors. VOICES has presented 30 conferences and symposiums featuring presentations by accomplished researchers, subject matter experts, victims' rights advocates and clinicians working in the field of trauma, grief and disaster mental health.

Often emergency response planning does not take into account the long-term needs of victims. These individuals may continue to experience difficulties long after the event or they may find psychological issues will unexpectedly present years later. The VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience will create programs and materials that help communities prepare to meet both the short and long term needs of victims impacted by mass violence.

Through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, VOICES has created Voices of Experience: Helping Communities Heal After Traumatic Events, a training program based in part on the research findings from our Preparing for After Resource Kit.

In the aftermath of a tragedy where there is loss of life, injury, or severe stress, those impacted are often in shock, suffer from anxiety or fear, and may be uncertain about how to access critical information, mental health resources, and support. VOICES Tip Sheets provide specific, timely guidance for individuals and families and a pathway to achieve healing and resilience.