Special Edition on Remembering 9/11
Celebrating human resilience, courage, and bravery
in the face of trauma
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by Sue Breckwoldt, PhD and Allison Dorlen Pastor, PhD

As September 11th draws near, our nation recalls the devastating tragedy that marked that terrible event that occurred 15 years ago. Our "Remembering 9/11" newsletter authors help us to celebrate human resilience, courage, and bravery in the face of trauma, provide invaluable information regarding the effects of trauma and offer hope and clear descriptions of evidence based treatment approaches to all of those healing from the many adverse effects of trauma.  

Our articles this month are submitted by New Jersey psychologists who have been affected personally and/or professionally by this trauma, and have sought to provide quality care to alleviate the suffering of those who have endured its effects.  In particular, we acknowledge the many ways New Jersey psychologists volunteered their expertise and extensive training to assist in a coordinated, organized mental health response to the terror attacks.  New Jersey psychologists James S. Wulach, PhD, JD, Meline Karakashian, PhD, and Raymond F. Hanbury, PhD were among those involved in coordinating the response. The need for psychological intervention in New Jersey was clear as they wrote in their 2002 report entitled NJ Psychologists' Response to the 9/11 Attack.

The newsletter editors would like to thank our contributors and readers for their support.  We welcome hearing from you!  Send our authors and editors your questions or comments by using the email addresses for our editors-in-chief provided below.

In our next issue:  "Applications of Mindfulness"  to be released December 2016.  The winter newsletter will also include a follow up to our 9/11 special edition featuring an interview with Bessel van der Kolk, MD, the internationally recognized author, researcher, and expert in the treatment of trauma.

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The NJPA Public Education Committee E-newsletter Subcommittee and Editorial Staff
Healing From Terrorism
By Deborah Wagner, PhD

Our country, and the world outside the United States, have been subjected to far too many acts of terrorism, starting shortly before September 11, 2001.   The suddenness, the horror, the fear, and the feelings of helplessness create a challenge for people to heal and move past these events.  When the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon were attacked, it changed the way we viewed our lives and our safety while introducing a sense of vulnerability that Americans had not expe-rienced in generations.  

Following is my personal experience of this changing day and how my family coped, healed, and moved forward.  read more...
Traumatized by Terrorism? EMDR can help
By Maria Masciandaro, PsyD

For many Americans 9/11 shattered our basic irrational assumption about life. "I am safe today, nothing bad will happen to me (or anyone I love)." We keep this assumption alive because the opposite "Life is full of random events and something bad may happen today" would keep us in bed or, at the very least, at home all day.  Police, fire, and first responders practice how to respond in disasters because, without the practice, their first impulse would be self-survival. They run toward the danger/disaster, while the rest of us run away. Some of us, who have exceeded our ability to cope, freeze.

Successfully moving beyond events like 9/11 provides an opportunity for us to grow. Who we are at the moment a trauma occurs influences how the event will affect us. Our age, family history, social situation, and physical and emotional challenges all play a part. If we move through it successfully we can increase our resilience and be better prepared for life's next curve ball.  read more...
The Role of Trauma in Children's Brain Development
By, Michelle Miller, PsyD

Many people assume that children’s minds develop within set milestones, and that only a toxic substance or a brain injury could negatively affect young brains. However, research has found that psychological trauma, such as from abuse and neglect, can have a substantial impact on how a child’s brain develops.   The experience of trauma is far from being solely an emotional experience, but something that affects our whole body, including our physical brain.  Traumatic experiences that occur earlier in life and for a longer period of time are more likely to negatively impact brain development, but the relationship between trauma and the brain is also associated with childhood cognitive milestones.  read more...
Recovering Emotionally From Disaster
From the American Psychological Association (APA)

Disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, transportation accidents or wildfires are typically unexpected, sudden and overwhelming. For many people, there are no outwardly visible signs of physical injury, but there can be nonetheless an emotional toll. It is common for people who have experienced disaster to have strong emotional reactions. Understanding responses to distressing events can help you cope effectively with your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and help you along the path to recovery.  read more...
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Editors in Chief:
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Susanne Breckwoldt, PhD 

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Michelle Miller, PsyD

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