NOVA Training – February 2001

NOVA Training, February 2001 – Report from the FST Director

Twenty NADA/F members attended a five day intense study on Crisis Intervention in Washington DC February 2001. Beginning with a basic understanding of human behavior, both psychological and physiological, and progressing through the individual response to trauma, stress and crises.

We learned the various elements of persons’ reaction to trauma, including the adaptive capacities to cope with crisis, and the positive long-term effect of rapid intervention. The multiple types of disasters and ensuing interventions were vividly demonstrated through video, lecture and role playing throughout the week.
The program was attended by participants from multi-disciplinary professions such as, law enforcement, victim advocacy, educators, mental health, spiritual and health providers as well as our NADA/F members, who represented the industry from Europe, South America and the U.S.

The friendships formed over the week provided a unique networking opportunity for the future. I have already utilized this feature in obtaining valuable resources on international religious practices for our NADA/F Family Support Team. The five days provided an invaluable foundation in Crisis Intervention and can enhance our ability to meet the needs of our family members when we are called to respond.

For over 25 years NOVA – National Organization for Victim Assistance, has offered services and training for victims of crimes and other crises.
Call 1-800-TRY-NOVA (1-800-879-6682) or 703-535-6682

Barbara Skudlarick
Director, Family Support Team