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The Psychological Consequences of Terrorism/Disaster Lecture Builds on Lessons Learned from 9/11 and Coconut Grove

April 5, 2004

Lecture: “Preparation for the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism and Disaster”

Presenter : Frederick Stoddard, MD

Where: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 221 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury

When: Friday, April 23, 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Registration: Free to all but reservations are required. Call MSPP at 617-327-6777 to reserve seat.

On April 23, Frederick Stoddard, MD — chief of psychiatry at Shriners Burns Hospital, senior psychiatrist on the MGH Burn and Trauma Service, and member of the Red Cross’s Disaster Mental Health Team – will addresses the urgency of preparing our communities for the psychological consequences of terrorism and disaster. This lecture is presented by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) as part of the school’s Annual Erich Lindemann Memorial Lecture Series. Lindemann, a Boston psychiatrist who rose to international stature in the 1940s and 1950s, was a pioneer community mental health and an expert in the psychological issues surrounding the Coconut Grove Fire of 1942.

Lindemann’s work will be highlighted in Stoddard’s lecture, as will the issues that arose from the attacks of September 11, 2001. Discussing the urgency of preparing for the psychological consequences of events such as terrorism and disaster, he says, “while most people are resilient, the number of people who have long-term problems deriving from a traumatic event is larger than we first thought.” The incidence of psychological casualties, he says, is in fact greater than physical casualties on a magnitude of ten to twenty times higher in both terrorist events and more common major disasters.

Open to the professional community and general public, the lecture is sponsored by MSPP and The Erich Lindemann Memorial Lecture Committee, in cooperation with the North Suffolk Mental Health Association Board of Directors. Event will also include a panel discussion.

Founded in 1974, MSPP is one of the first and largest schools of its kind in the United States. Offering a wide array of programs, MSPP now has 700 alumni across the nation and plays an important role in the mental health environment of Massachusetts. Despite its growing popularity and reputation, the school endeavors to stay true to its founding mission: to improve quality of life by training and educating psychology practitioners so they are capable of providing high quality, compassionate human services

Updated 10/1/07

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