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VOICES Resiliency Symposium
Knowledge to Practice:
Pathways to Long-Term Healing
A Victim-Centered Approach
Saturday, September 9, 2017
VOICES Resiliency Symposium, Knowledge to Practice: Pathways to Long-Term Healing, brought together leading researchers and practitioners along with those impacted by traumatic events. This year, we were honored to have keynote speakers Dr. Katherine Shear present her pioneering work in Complicated Grief, and Dr. David Grand discuss his innovative Brainspotting Method which can be used to treat PTSD.
The day-long event included testimonies from Victims, Survivors and Responders, who shared their personal journeys of strength and resilience. Leading professionals who responded in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing and the September 11 attacks also shared valuable insights and lessons learned.
The event was a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between research and practice, as well as to learn from individuals who have been directly affected by acts of terrorism and mass violence. A special thank you to the dedicated professionals who took the time out of their busy schedules to participate in the Symposium.
Panel Discussions
Opening Remarks
9:00am - 9:30am
Mary Fetchet, LCSW
Mary Fetchet, LCSW
Founding Director
Voices of September 11th
Complicated Grief
9:30am - 10:15am
M. Katherine Shear, MD
M. Katherine Shear, MD
Director, The Center for Complicated Grief
Columbia School of Social Work
Identifying the Needs of Victims'
Families, Survivors and Responders
10:15 - 11:15am
Victims' family members, survivors and responders from 9/11, the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Sandy Hook school shootings in Newtown, CT will share their personal insights into the short and long-term needs of those impacted by mass violence.
Mary Fetchet, LCSW
Mary Fetchet, LCSW, Moderator
Founding Director
Voices of September 11th
Karen M. Carlucci
Karen M. Carlucci, LCSW
Professional Coach
Kimberly Flynn
Kimberly Flynn
9/11 Environmental Action
Chair WTCHP Survivor Steering Committee
Amy O'Neill, MS
Amy O'Neill, MS
Massachusetts Resiliency Center
Survivor Advocacy Panel Member
Thomas Veivia
Thomas Veivia
Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation (Retired)
11:15am - 11:30am
Treatment Modalities for Children and Families
11:30am - 12:30pm
The panel is comprised of experienced, trauma informed mental health clinicians. Panelists will discuss a variety of treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, a brain-based approach to healing communal trauma, mindfulness and coping skills, and group modalities to support the recovery of children and families.
Courtney Bancroft, Psy.D.
Courtney Bancroft, PsyD
Private Practice and Senior Psychosocial Faculty & Primary Care Psychologist
Montefiore Medical Center
Deb DelVecchio Scully, LPC
Deb DelVecchio Scully, LPC
Former Clinical Recovery Leader
Newtown Recovery and Resiliency
Suzanne Phillips
Suzanne Phillips, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology, Long Island University
Faculty, Suffolk Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Fellow, Board Member, Co-Chair of Community Outreach of the AGPA
Ann Webster, Ph.D.
Ann Webster, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Healing Trauma with Brainspotting
1:30pm - 2:15pm
David Grand, Ph.D.
David Grand, PhD
Founder and Developer
Brainspotting Method
Responding to Tragedy
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Acts of mass violence have a profound, long-lasting impact on individuals and communities – whether it is a small town or a large city, an elementary school or a police department, or the media reporting on the event. This panel of experts will share their professional experience and lessons learned in addressing the complex and often long-lasting needs of those impacted.
Jennifer Barahona, LCSW
Jennifer Barahona, LCSW
Executive Director and CFO
Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation
Allison Gilbert
Allison Gilbert
Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11 and Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive
Amy Nitza, Ph.D.
Amy Nitza, PhD
Director, Institute for Disaster Mental Health
SUNY New Paltz
Danny R. Stebbins
Danny R. Stebbins
Connecticut State Police (Retired)
Closing Remarks
3:45pm - 4:00pm
Visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum
Following the conclusion of the Symposium we will visit the 9/11 Museum. The 9/11 Memorial Museum has provided a limited number of complimentary tickets, so please indicate when you register if you would like to attend.

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