Dear Families, Responders and Survivors,

Voices of September 11th and the Rutgers School of Social Work invite you to attend a symposium that will share information about providing assistance to victims' families and survivors after tragedies. The symposium's keynote speaker, former superintendent of the Aurora Public Schools John L. Barry, will discuss lessons learned in response to the shootings in Colorado, the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, and the Challenger Disaster.

The Voices Center of Excellence for Community Resilience

"Promoting Resilience in Communities Impacted by Trauma,
Identification and Treatment of Long Term Needs"

Friday, January 17, 2014
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Rutgers University
Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center
100 George Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Personal stories, lessons learned and best practices will be shared by professionals with firsthand knowledge of providing support services and responding to traumatic events.

The speakers include leading professionals in the field of social work and emergency response.

"Lessons Learned on Crisis Management from the Military, NASA & K-12 Education"
-John L. Barry, former superintendent of the Aurora, Colorado Public Schools, retired three-star Air Force General, NASA senior military officer

"Recognizing and Treating Complicated Grief"
-Nancy Turret, LCSW, Clinical & Senior Clinical & Research Psychiatric Social Worker, NYS Psychiatric Institute

"The Impact of Trauma: Finding Your New Normal"
-Jeanmarie Hargrave, 9/11 family member and Victor Guarnera, 9/11 Responder & Survivor

"Responding to Short & Long-Term Medical & Psychological Needs"
-Clifton Lacy, MD, Director of The University Center for Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Response
-Iris G. Udasin, MD, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute Clinical Center
-Paul Park, PsyD, Clinician at the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program

"Lessons Learned in Providing Long-term Services to Victims' Families & Survivors"
-Mary Fetchet, LCSW, Voices of September 11th, Founding Director and 9/11 family member
-Jennifer Bauwens, PhD, Voices of September 11th, Research Consultant

9/11 family members, survivors and responders are invited to attend for the special price of $25.

A continental breakfast and lunch is included in the fee. Space is limited and registration is required by Friday, January 10.

To register online or to view the symposium agenda, please visit

For more information, contact Sheri Burkat at or call 732-543-2300 or 203-966-3911.

Please feel free to forward the information to colleagues who may be interested in attending.

Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff

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Voices of September 11th (VOICES) is a 501c3 nonpartisan organization that provides information and a wide range of support services to promote resiliency and address the long-term needs of all those affected by September 11th; commemorates the lives and stories of September 11, 2001; and advocates for public policy reform to promote national preparedness.  VOICES is committed to helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from traumatic events, by sharing lessons learned that will promote resiliency and healing in the lives of those impacted by other tragedies.