Our Voices: Message from the Director
Join us for an insightful day featuring presentations, panel discussions, and interactive educational sessions led by accomplished subject matter experts, clinicians and researchers. The symposium is intended for mental health professionals, emergency managers, law enforcement, students, and other community stakeholders working in the field of trauma and victims' services.
Saturday, June 27 is National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. The National Center for PTSD reports that about 8% of Americans will have PTSD at some point in their lives, and that more than 8 million individuals have PTSD during a given year.
We are pleased to announce two important projects we are undertaking as part of our work to expand VOICES Resilience Center. VOICES was recently awarded a 14-month grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop curriculum and training that will assist communities in preparing for and responding to acts of terrorism, mass violence and natural disasters.
Yesterday I attended the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC. Witnesses provided an update on the World Trade Center Health Program, and first-hand accounts of their treatment for medical conditions as a result of working in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site.
On June 1, 2015, VOICES launched a new research project in partnership with the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and the Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) in Ottawa, Ontario.