In spring 2011, as our nation anticipated the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the annual Institute for Disaster Mental Health conference examined the mental health response to each act of violence perpetrated that day through the lens of a decade’s perspective. By reviewing the specific challenges created by each attack and the lessons learned in responding to them, it is hoped that the mental health community became better prepared for the next mass casualty disaster.
“Lessons from Adversity: Strengthening Preparedness with Reflections from 9/11” had two goals: to communicate insights learned from the attacks to mental health professionals, emergency management personnel, spiritual care providers, uniformed responders, and others who will be involved in providing assistance after future mass casualty events; and to prepare these helpers for the emotional and logistical challenges that are elicited by commemorative events. A careful review of the major lessons learned over the past decade enabled attendees to foster more positive recovery outcomes in impacted communities, and to maintain their own resilience while responding to the needs of others.
The Art of Remembering: Summary from the Commemorating Disaster Plenary for Mental Health Providers held at the IDMH 8th Annual Training in April, 2011
Memories of 9-11 Archive. What do you remember about the day of September 11, 2001? How have the attacks impacted you over the last decade? Please add your voice to Memories of 9-11, a website created in anticipation of the 10th anniversary as a kind of online oral history archiving people's memories and reflections of the attacks and their long-term impact on all our lives. You can submit your story in the form of a written comment, and there are instructions about how to submit images or other forms of media in the instructions. Of course you also can read other people's recollections. We hope you'll participate and will share this invitation with others.
Links to all presentation handouts from the 2011 conference are available below, see Conference Schedule
Morning Sessions: Lessons from September 11, 2001
9:00–9:15: Welcome and Introductions
9:15–10:00: The Attack on the World Trade Center: Pathways to Healing for Victims and Their Families
10:00–10:45: Supporting First Responders and Their Families Following the Attack on the World Trade Center
10:45–11:00: Coffee Break
11:00–11:45: The 9/11 Attack on the Pentagon
11:45–12:15: Q & A
1:15: Welcoming Remarks
1:15–2:00: Flight 93: The Attack that Failed
2:00–2:45: Memories and Milestones in the Oklahoma City Bombing Recovery: Lessons from the 10 Year Anniversary and Beyond
3:00–3:45: Lessons Learned from the Spiritual Care Response to the 9/11 Attacks
3:45–4:15: Q & A
4:15–5:00: Networking, book sales, tabling
7:30–9:00: The Media's Perspective in a Post 9/11 World
9:00–12:00 Concurrent Morning Sessions: Commemorating Disaster
with coffee break at 10:30
I. Providing Support Across the Recovery Continuum
Intended for mental health professionals
Panel Chair: Mary Tramontin, Psy.D.
Panelists: Steven Moskowitz, L.M.S.W.; John Tassey, Ph.D.; Margaret Pepe, Ph.D.; and Sanja Blazekovic
II. Building Community Cohesion at Commemorative Events
Intended for uniformed first responders, emergency managers, spiritual care providers, educators, hospital workers, community members, members of the media, and others who will be involved in planning or participating in anniversary events
Panel Chair: Arthur R. Snyder, B.S.
Panelists: Greg Brunelle, M.S.; Ali Gheith; M.S., Elliott Hill, L.C.S.W.; and Rev. Earl Johnson, M.Div.
1:00–3:30 Concurrent Professional Workshops
For more details, see
1. Lessons Learned from Multiple Disasters Since 9/11; Incorporation into planning and Preparation
2. Beyond Competence: Culturally Responsive Trauma-Informed Care
3. Collaborative Partnerships Between Mental Health and Spiritual Care Providers
4. Mental Health Responses During Mass Casualty Incidents: Family Assistance Center Operations and Related Sites
5. Understanding and Responding to Trauma-Related Substance Abuse
6. Community Capacity Building Through Cross Cultural Communication
7. Healing Together: Working with Couples in the Aftermath of Trauma
8. Supporting Children, Teens, and Families Post-Disaster
IDMH Director: James Halpern, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, SUNY New Paltz
IDMH Deputy Director: Karla Vermeulen, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, SUNY New Paltz
IDMH Coordinator: Meredith Johnson, M.S.
IDMH Graduate Assistant: Rachael Bisceglie
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