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June 2010

  1. Welcome
  2. APA Division 27 (SCRA) Disaster Recovery Manual
  3. Red Cross Teacher Survey: Preparedness & Recovery Lessons
  4. Professor Charles Figley visit to Australia
  5. ICAP preliminary program

Welcome

Dear DRN member,

As many of you know already, the APS is very excited to be hosting the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) in Melbourne from July 11-16th. The ICAP conference will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from local and international experts in disaster preparedness and recovery. There are a number of excellent disaster related forums and presentations (summarised below in the newsletter), and we urge you to consider making the most of this unique opportunity to hear from world leading international experts in disaster preparedness and recovery.

In this newsletter we also bring your attention to a newly released disaster recovery manual from the American Psychological Association Society for Community Research and Action. We have attached a couple of surveys that have been developed by the Red Cross - one by the International Federation of Red Cross, and the second in collaboration with the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network for people working in the education sector.

Also in July, there is an opportunity to attend some workshops by Charles Figley, one of the founders of the modern field of trauma and of the International Association of Traumatic Stress Studies.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter. If you have useful information that you would like us to include in DRN News, please send it to drn@psychology.org.au.

APA Division 27 (SCRA) Disaster Recovery Manual

The APA Division 27 Society for Community Research and Action Task Force on Disaster, Community Readiness, and Recovery has recently completed a manual about helping a community recover from disaster. It is called:

How to Help your Community Recover from a Disaster: A Manual for Planning and Action

It can be found on the SCRA webpage or at:

www.scra27.org/resources/disasterresources/scra_manual_final5810pdf

The manual is free to distribute.

Red Cross Teacher Survey: Preparedness & Recovery Lessons

The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN) is assisting Red Cross Australia to develop a range of lesson plans and activity ideas for teachers to use in classrooms across a range of emergency contexts Australia-wide. The focus is on man-made and natural disasters including floods, severe storms, fires, cyclone, chemical spills, transport or industrial accidents. ACATLGN worked with Red Cross to develop and distribute an online Teacher Survey.

The survey has been sent to those involved in the Victorian Bushfires Support and Training for Affected Schools Project (i.e., Coordination Group, Steering Group). If you work in the education sector, the Red Cross would greatly appreciate your assistance and input through this survey. In addition, they would very much appreciate you forwarding the weblink below to interested colleagues working in schools across Australia.

View the Red Cross Teacher Survey: Preparedness and Recovery Lessons at:

http://survey.peoplelogic.com.au/survey.php?sid=1016&name=teacher-survey-preparedness-and-recovery-lessons

(If the link goes over two lines - please cut and paste the full link into your browser.)

Professor Charles Figley visit to Australia

The Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation of Australia (www.cismfa.org.au) is bringing out Professor Charles Figley in July. Professor Figley is one of the founders of the modern field of trauma and a founder of the International Association of Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a pioneer of all aspects of trauma work and has done extensive clinical, research and training in the area for some thirty years. This is a unique opportunity for professionals, faculty and students to hear some of the latest work from the USA.

The Figley visit is being promoted to practitioners and to staff and students in Psychology and Health Science departments around the country. A student rate of $175 per day (normally $320) is available in the hope that more will be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

The brochure providing details of the visit and registration can be downloaded at www.cismfa.org.au/conferences/figleya4.pdf. If you have any queries please contact CISMFA on ph: (03) 9663 7999 or at info@cismfa.org.au.

ICAP preliminary program

The International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) from July 11-16 in Melbourne features a number of disaster related forums and presentations as outlined below. Please see www.icap2010.com for registration details. Please check the final program closer to the congress date via www.icap2010.com/preliminary%20prog.php for confirmation of timing and venue of all sessions.

Sunday July11, Full day workshop, 9:30am to 5:30pm

Richard Bryant
Treating and preventing posttraumatic stress disorder

Sunday July 11, Full day workshop, 9:30am to 5:30pm

Bob Montgomery & Laurel Morris
Psychological responses to disasters: An empirically informed approach to helping the survivors of trauma effectively and safely, in the field and in the clinic

Monday July 12, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Richard Bryant
The biology of posttraumatic stress disorder: Implications for therapy

Monday July 12, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

IAAP Division 6 Clinical & Community Psychology Individual Oral Presentations – Responses to natural disasters

  • Susana Monteiro
    Psychological support to tsunami victims in Sri Lanka: a 5year intervention model
  • Colleen Jackson
    Black Saturday: Treating trauma and loss in the aftermath of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires
  • Zhengyun Li
    Reseach about the PTSD of teachers and students after earthquake: a report from DuJiangyan, Sichuan, China
  • Buxin Han
    Better or worse: mental health status and PTSD symptoms of elderly survivors after the 512 earthquake

Wednesday July 14, 8:30am to 10am

IAAP Division 6 Clinical & Community Psychology Symposium

Daniel Dodgen (C), Dori Reissman, Gerard Jacobs, Lisa Brown, Elizabeth Boyd, Jean Pierre Revel (D)
Recommendations to the U.S. National Biodefence Science Board for disaster mental health and psychological support

Wednesday July 14, 10:30am-12pm

IAAP Division 6 Clinical &Community Psychology Individual Oral Presentations – Trauma

  • Debbie Hocking
    Asylum seeking in Australia: the mental health consequences and their determinants
  • Catherine so-kum Tang
    Collectivistic and individualistic value orientation, coping style,and trauma symptoms following life adversities among adults in Singapore
  • Najma Najam
    Relationship of spirituality, resilience and post traumatic symptoms of bomb blast affectees
  • Colleen McFarlane
    Researching service effectiveness: The case of services for survivors of torture and trauma
  • Jodie Burchell
    When hurt endures: the influence of degree of closeness, degree of attachment and victim attachment style on ongoing hurt feelings
  • Ian de Terte
    Psychological trauma in a sample of police officers: a 10 year follow-up study

Wednesday July 14, 2.00pm-4.30pm

Symposium

Susie Burke (C), Mark Creamer, David Forbes, Rob Gordon, Shirley Morrissey
Preparedness for and response to disasters

Thursday July 15, 4:00pm-5:30pm

IAAP Division 1 Work & Organizational Individual Oral Presentations – Work, stress, strain and burnout + HR

  • Susana Monteiro
    Dealing with disasters: Impact of Occupational Stress in Journalists’ Wellbeing [one of six presentations in this session]

Friday July 16 1:45pm-3:15pm

Division 11 Invited Symposium

Asha Bedar, Anouk Ride, Di Bretherton, Donna Eka Putri, Dicky Pelupessy, Barbara Tint, Ichsan Malik (D) Chaired by Hamdi Muluk
Collective Memory of Political and Natural Events

Friday July 16, 3:15pm-4:45pm

IAAP Division 15 Psychology Students Individual Oral Presentations - Trauma

  • Andrea Stewart
    Violence, trauma, and suicidality: multifactorial analyses of abuse, sexual violation, and perturbation across gender and sexual orientation
  • Annette La Greca
    Impact of disasters on youth: disaster-related trauma, life events, and PTSD Symptoms as predictors of Children’s Somatic Symptoms

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