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Westchester Jewish Center Focuses on 'Vicarious Trauma'

WJCS is presenting  the 21st Annual Edythe Kurz Educational Institute Conference in the Westchester County Center Nov. 21.
WJCS is presenting the 21st Annual Edythe Kurz Educational Institute Conference in the Westchester County Center Nov. 21. Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester Jewish Community Services is presenting  the 21st Annual Edythe Kurz Educational Institute Conference at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains.

The topic will be vicarious trauma and its impact on those working with survivors in mental health and community settings. Vicarious trauma can be thought of as the negative changes that happen to humanitarian workers during time as they witness other people’s suffering and need.

The keynote speaker will be Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD, a widely published author on the theory and treatment of vicarious trauma. In addition, the conference will feature several panelists, including Andrew Levin, MD, WJCS’ medical director; Mark Giuliano, LMSW, program director, community support, Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, first responders and community agencies.

Traumatic situations affect both victims and those trying to help them. It is important for helpers to understand the impact on them, to know what can be done about it and to locate resources.

The conference is especially valuable for mental health professionals, social workers, first responders and health care workers.

Tickets are $60. Click here to register.

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