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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mental Health Interventions: Pre and Post Disaster

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Session Description

The World Health Organization estimates approximately 260 million people are suffering from post-traumatic stress injuries. Globally, mental health services are often inadequate or nonexistent. Innovative mental health interventions are needed to reduce suffering in both children and adults that take into consideration communal-based cultures and ones that are not psychologically oriented. What are the interventions that can be: adapted to different cultures? applied to individuals across the lifespan? offered in group settings for communities? What are recommendations that you would like to bring to this discussion?

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Wednesday, April 15 SBS, Seminar 9

Session leaders

  • Co-Founder and Executive Director, Trauma Resource Insitute
    Elaine Miller-Karas is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI) a nonprofit corporation. Her book, Building Resilience to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models, was published by Routledge in 2015. She has created projects to help underserved individuals to learn innovative, biologically based interventions that can heal individuals and communities post human made and natural disasters. Elaine is actively engaged in building local capacity in diverse communities nationally and internationally so each may develop trauma resolution strategies and resiliency-focused interventions that respond to their unique cultural needs. Elaine’s commitment to the world community includes designing programs for women, men and children who suffer from mental illness. Her work has brought her to the Philippines, Iceland, Germany, Thailand, Kenya, China, Nepal, England, Tanzania, Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Turkey. In the United States, she has created programs to help survivors of terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California and Orlando, Florida. Her trainings have been co-sponsored and sponsored by the Peter Möhrle Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, ADRA International, the World Health Organization, Loma Linda University, and the University of Hamburg.