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Here is a list of resources I am already associated with; a more extensive list is coming soon:
The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) is a not-for-profit organization working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. After our accident, Bruce Perry, then chief of psychiatry of Texas Children’s Hospital, worked with our family. In 2005, I was invited to be a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow. I am fortunate to be a part of his team, I want to highlight the amazing work Bruce has done to help us all understand the impact of childhood trauma.
*Bo’s Place exists to offer support and community to those who have experienced the death of a loved one. A non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center, Bo’s Place offers multiple grief support services for adults, children and families, and provides education and resources for those who assist people in grief. Bo’s Place offers the only free on-going grief support program in the greater Houston area for children and their families. As a former attendee with my family and past board member I can tell you we are lucky to have this resource in our community.
Nick Finnegan Counseling Center is a non-profit based in Houston, Texas, providing professional counseling, support and referrals for everyone regardless of finances or age. Six years to the day of our accident Susan and Bill Finnegan lost their oldest son Nick. As a way to honor their son and carry on his legacy, the counseling center was created. As a board member, it has been exciting to watch the center grow.
The Center for Complicated Grief, part of the Columbia University School of Social Work, is dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from complicated grief by helping clinicians and the general public learn how to recognize complicated grief. The Center was established in 2013 to disseminate information about a short-term efficacious treatment for this condition. In the early 1990s, while I was beginning my journey into grief, Kathy Shear was establishing a pilot project for people stuck in the grieving process. Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT) now has the strongest evidence-based treatment for grief of any grief treatment in the world. I am honored to be associated with her and her amazing colleagues.
VOICES helps families heal after tragedy, a vital mission that began after 9/11. Today, the organization continues to address the long-term needs of those impacted by 9/11, commemorates the 2,977 lives lost, and promotes national preparedness. In addition, through VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience, they conduct research and training as well as assist communities impacted by other tragedies. I am fortunate to know and work with Mary Fetchet, the Founding Director and driving force behind VOICES. She is a clinical social worker who co-founded the 9/11 advocacy organization following the death of her 24-year-old son, Brad, in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Isa is an author, bereavement social worker, health educator, and patient advocate. She is a cystic fibrosis survivor and lung transplant recipient who also lost her twin sister to cancer and co-wrote with her sister, "The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis”. Of everyone I’ve know she does not take life for granted. Her TED talk on grief will inspire you.
[MORE TO COME!]