Workshop - First Responders: Mental Health and Natural Disaster

May 18 – 20, 2018

The new Italian National Trauma Center (INTC) sponsored by the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will sponsor a workshop / conference for First Responders serving in the Central Italian Earthquake Zone. The primary audience will be First Responders from Umbria including the provincial Protezione Civile (PC), the Italian Red-Cross, Psychologists of the People, and other local and national First Responders. The mission of this first annual training is to 1) transfer knowledge and skills on the role of mental health services in the assistance of disaster survivors; 2) learn self-care methods for the health and wellbeing of First Responders. This mission will be achieved through a combination of lectures, real-life case discussions, and input from the First Responders. A brief initial needs assessment will be conducted in the region to identify the mental health needs of First Responders. The workshop will be developed and taught by an expert team at Harvard in partnership with Italian experts, and with the support of the Umbria Protezione Civile. The Harvard-Italian Team will conduct the workshop in Italian. The workshop will begin with a dinner Friday night on May 18th, followed by a full workshop day on Saturday, May 19th, and a half-day workshop on Sunday, May 20th. All aspects of the workshop will be evaluated.

Organizers include:

  • Giampiero Rosati - Director, Italian National Trauma Center
  • Sonia Graziano, PhD - Director, Harvard-Italian Team
  • Richard F. Mollica, MD, MAR - Director, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Harvard Medical School

All expenses are covered by INTC and an anonymous donor.

This workshop has the full support of the Umbrian Protezione Civile. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to Giampiero Rosati and /or called him at, (+39) 0763.217314

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