9/11 counselors trauma workshop set for Friday in Trumbull

The Connecticut Counseling Association will conduct a workshop on Friday, August 19, at the Trumbull Marriott, designed to enhance the skills of mental health professionals who have clients who were traumatized by the events of 9/11.

Topics will include compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, unresolved grief, and the process of moving forward.

Presenters include Connecticut resident  Mary Fetchet, founding director and driving force behind VOICES of September 11th. A professional social worker and former educator, Fetchet co-founded the 9/11 advocacy organization in 2001 after the death of her 24-year old son, Brad, in the attacks of the World Trade Center.

Other speakers include, Dr. Jane Webber and Dr. J. Barry Mascari, who are well-known for their presentations on disaster mental health and trauma counseling, sand tray therapy, counselor licensure, and school counseling initiatives. They are licensed professional counselors and hold New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor certifications. 

Webber and Mascari also co-edited the third edition of the American Counseling Association Foundation book, “Terrorism, Trauma and Tragedies: A Counselor’s Guide to Preparing and Responding,” and are primary editors of the New Jersey School Counselor Initiative’s second edition, “A Framework for Developing Your Comprehensive School Counseling Program.” They shared the 1992 ASCA Writer/ Researcher of the Year for the first edition of the book. 

For registration information, visit www.ccamain.com.

John Burgeson