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Division 18 Annual Conference

The Psychological Footprint of Mass Casualty & Intense Traumatic Events on Victims, Responders, and the Larger Community

Opportunities and Challenges for Police & Public Safety Psychology

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
University of Denver
Sturm Hall
2000 East Asbury Avenue, Denver, CO 80208

Time: 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Social networking event will be available from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

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Professionals: $150
DU affiliates and Division 18 Members: $125 (get the Division 18 price by using promo code CPDAPA at checkout for $25 off)
Students (must provide valid student ID): $50
First Responders and Law Enforcement: $25

Parking will be available for $10

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Course Description 

Mental health professionals and first responders are increasingly faced with a new challenge in caring for and protecting their communities: mass casualty events, such as those at Century 16 Theater, Columbine High School, Platte Canyon High School, and Sandy Hook. These tragedies not only make headlines, but they leave a psychological footprint on each of the people impacted, and on the community at large.

Join the Psychologists in Public Service, APA Division 18, for a revealing, enlightening gathering of victims, responders and mental health professionals who will share their stories, their discoveries and their advice on ways that we might all better help those affected by mass casualty events. First attend a panel made up of survivors, family members, and school professionals who are dealing with and have dealt with the after math of the events at Columbine High School, Fort Hood, Platte Canyon High School and the Century 16 Theater shootings. Next, hear from first responders – police and firefighters – who were responsible for saving lives and were the first to enter the scenes. A third panel in the afternoon covers the long-term effects of trauma from a medical standpoint, including substance abuse issues commonly seen. Finally, learn how a community's response to a mass casualty event can impact attitudes toward police, leaving a legacy of mistrust and even biased policing. The participants and the moderating psychologists, who were either on scene or responded to the mass casualty events, will share to prevent such repercussions. Come away with a basic understanding of the psychological footprint of trauma as evidenced in different groups, and ways to mitigate the adverse effects of traumatic events on individuals and across the community.

This symposium is perfect for: Law enforcement, firefighters, psychology and other mental health professionals, psychology students, first responders, school administrators and others who are interested helping communities to better handle mass trauma events.

Learning Objectives

  1. Illuminate experientially-based and developmentally informed models for understanding trauma as related to mass casualty violence.
  2. Identify presenting psychological issues and potential problems for first responders and victims.
  3. Identify short-term trauma related psychological impacts on victims and first responders.
  4. Identify long-term trauma related psychological impacts on victims and first responders.
  5. Describe models for immediate interventions for victims and first responders of mass casualty violence.
  6. Describe models for long-term interventions for victims and first responders of mass casualty violence.
  7. Describe models for reoccurring interventions for victims and first responders of mass casualty violence.
  8. Apply culturally sensitive conceptualization to specific intervention methods across different types of traumatic experiences.

Preview the 2016 Police and Public Safety Awards and Awardees that will be announced during the conference: Awardees 1-3 and Awardees 4-6

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Division 18: Psychologists in Public Service

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For registration and information contact the Center for Professional Development at  or 303-871-4161

This program is approved for 6.25 hours of continuing education. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.