Course Overview

Course Description:
Boston’s youth and their families live in rich and diverse neighborhoods that are often impacted by traumatic events.  Similar to those exposed to mass causalities and disasters such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Sandy Hook, our Boston residents need access to skilled professionals that can respond to local incidents of trauma and aid in the recovery process.

This training will provide the basic philosophy and model for participating in deployments, and a beginner-level skills for participating in group interventions designed to reduce the impact of sudden traumatic events on individuals exposed to incidents of homicides, suicides, fires, and accidents, etc.  Both community residents and clinical staff will be able to participate in supervised service actions in community settings. This training builds on the Psychological First Aid (PFA) disaster behavioral health technique. 

NOTE:  The priority for this training is to increase the capacity to service impacted neighborhoods that do not currently have enough skilled responders to meet their needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn basic model for participating in trauma deployments
  • Learn critical concepts for participating in multi-agency deployments
  • Learn the purpose and model for group interventions
  • Self-care, resilience, and workforce protection practices

Target Audience:
Clergy, youth workers, case managers, school staff, emergency responders, coaches, clinicians, etc.

Dr. Robert D. Macy, PhD, DMT 
President, International Trauma Center

Courtney Grey
Director, Trauma Response & Recovery
Office of Public Health Preparedness
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This course is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) through the Boston Public Health Commission Office of Public Health Preparedness, with funding from The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.

This training is supported by the International Trauma Center. For more information visit:

Course Date



Tuesday, June 28 - Wednesday, June 29, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
William J. Devine Golf Clubhouse 
1 Circuit Drive
Dorchester, MA 02121

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