Oregon Christian College Offers Assistance to Haiti Earthquake Responders

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George Fox University’s Trauma Response Institute hosts free meetings to support those who responded to Jan. 12 tragedy

to promote the resiliency of responders who serve individuals and communities experiencing severe stress and trauma

George Fox University’s Trauma Response Institute is offering resources to provide support for those who responded to the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.

The institute invites Haitian earthquake responders, including those who served through churches, government agencies, charities and non-government organizations, to engage in information meetings and debriefings free of charge.

The information meetings will focus on assisting responders in managing the effects of disaster-relief-related stress and helping in their transition upon returning home.

The first of the information meetings is planned at the university’s Portland Center near Tigard from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. Subsequent meetings are set for Tuesday, April 6, and Tuesday, May 4, at the same time and location.

The institute, coordinated by the university’s Graduate Department of Counseling, is designed “to promote the resiliency of responders who serve individuals and communities experiencing severe stress and trauma,” according to Anna Berardi, institute director.

Discussion at the information meetings will focus on learning about the impact of traumatic stress and how to help others while remaining socially, emotionally and spiritually healthy. Family members age 14 and older are welcome to attend.

In addition, the institute offers specialized continuing education workshops for disaster aid organizations. Confidential debriefing activities for returning disaster aid workers are also available.

For information about these and additional responder resources visit the Trauma Response Institute’s website at responder.georgefox.edu or contact TRI director Berardi at 503-554-6144.

The George Fox Graduate Department of Counseling offers graduate counseling degree programs that include a master’s degree in counseling, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, a master’s degree in school counseling, and an educational specialist (EdS) degree in school psychology. Also offered are certificate programs for Initial Counselor Licensure Preparation and Initial and Continuing School Psychology Licensure Preparation.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Anna Berardi
Trauma Response Institute Director

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