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Community and Professional Organization Service Activities

Fellow, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace (CISTP), collaborating with experts from a variety of fields to address the problem of terrorism and the challenges this poses for peace around the globe. CISTP brings academia, the U.S. intelligence community, and public policy officials into conversation with one another to rethink complex problems, November, 2013, to present.
Clinical Coordinator and Member, Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Central Shenandoah Emergency Medical Services Council, providing crisis intervention services to area rescue squad workers, fire fighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical workers following traumatic events, September, 1986, to present.
Member, Terrorism and Disaster Behavioral Health Advisory Council (TADBHAC) for the Commonwealth of Virginia, February, 2006 to present. Established by the Governor, TADBHAC provides guidance to the Virginia Departments of Health and Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and other key response entities in Virginia.
Trainer of therapists, mental health counselors, clinical social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, teachers, nurses, clergy, law enforcement officers, and volunteers in numerous workshops on topics such as suicide prevention, crisis intervention, psychology of disaster, posttraumatic growth, and stress management, September, 1979, to present.
Member, Regional Disaster Task Force, July, 2005, to present.
Member, Rockingham County Disaster Planning Committee, September, 2003, to present.

Member, Crisis Counseling Team following the shootings at Virginia Tech. Participated in the crisis response, April, 2007.

Member, Board of Directors, Community Resources Center, December, 2005, to August, 2006.
Disaster and Crisis Intervention Trainer following Hurricane Rita. Offered a series of training programs to over 250 faith-based volunteers and helping professionals near the Texas Gulf Coast, November, 2005.
Disaster Intervener and Consultant following Hurricane Katrina. With Anne Stewart, provided services to Katrina survivors along the Mississippi Gulf Coast area, October, 2005.
Delegate, International Assembly on Managing the Psychology of Fear and Terror, Austin, Texas, August 19-21, 2004. Sponsored by Issues Deliberation America, in collaboration with the University of Texas and the University of South Australia, the assembly was an intensive three days of small group meetings involving 90 invited researchers and practitioners from around the world.
Member, Editorial Board, Virginia Counselors Journal, August, 2004, to 2012.
Disaster Consultant and Trainer for Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board. Anne Stewart and I have developed and continue to provide an ongoing series of training programs in disaster psychology and crisis intervention to Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), clergy members, agency workers, and other volunteers. November, 2004 to present.

Member, Site Visit Team, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Dublin, Ireland, February, 2004.

Consultant and provider of monthly outreach services to the children of area National Guard members who have been activated. Anne Stewart and I have organized graduate students to work with us in offering expressive play activities, March, 2003, to 2010.

Disaster Response Consultant, James Madison University, promoting personal and community resilience following September 11 by organizing "Making A Difference," a faculty-student volunteer group that provided outreach services, community education materials, and consultation to organizations.

Member, Disaster Mental Health Team, American Red Cross, offering counseling services to Pentagon staff and their families following September 11.
Member, Disaster Focus Group, Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, participating in the development of a state-wide response to the September 11 terrorism.
Member, Accreditation Site Visit Team, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, November, 1997, to 2001.
Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, August, 1997, to 2011.
Member, Standards Revision Resource Team, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, October, 1996, to 2001.
Disaster Intervention Consultant, assisting Pendleton County, West Virginia, in developing a coordinated response to the psychological effects of flooding, January-March, 1996.
Disaster Intervention Consultant, assisting a community mental health center in St. Joseph, Missouri, in designing and implementing a series of programs in eight counties of northwest Missouri to address the psychological consequences of flooding, August 2-10, 1993. Returned the following year to offer consultation and training workshops to address the long-term psychological consequences of flooding, June 11-19, 1994.
Clinical member, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, West Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council, November, 1989, to November, 1991.

Member, Board of Directors of Listening Ear, a telephone crisis intervention service, January, 1992, to August, 1993.

Member, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Citizens Against Sexual Assault Task Force, October, 1987, to September, 1992.
Member of the Board of Directors of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Mental Health Association, October, 1988, to December, 1991.
Founding member of the Board of Directors of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Big Brothers/Big Sisters, February, 1976, to December, 1986.
Member of the Board of Directors of First Step, Response to Domestic Violence, September, 1982, to January, 1986.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Child Day Care Center, July, 1977, to July, 1983.
Volunteer telephone counselor and trainer at Lafayette Crisis Center, November, 1970, to August, 1975. Director of training, January to August, 1973.
Consultant in the establishment of a mental health and crisis intervention disaster response project for the tornado-stricken community of Monticello, Indiana, April to May, 1974.
Trainer in workshops on conflict resolution, race relations, police-citizen encounters, couple communication, and death and dying. The participants in these workshops included nurses, students, and police officers. February, 1972, to February, 1973.



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