Boston Marathon Survivor and Licensed Professional Counselor, Amy O’Neill, talks about the impact of trauma on the lives of survivors, victims, family members, and communities in the aftermath of mass violence. In this informative and inspiring show, you will hear survivor stories, learn from experts, and be given the tools to build a life after an unthinkable trauma. Redefining resilience, connection, and believing that YOU are not alone are essential elements to transforming after a traumatic life-changing event.
No One Was Talking About It But Everyone was Suffering.
Julie Paez is a victim/survivor of Dec 2, 2015, San Bernardino terrorist attack joins me for a conversation about her personal journey following the mass shooting. Julie exemplifies grace, courage, and resilience after the shooting and became an advocate for her friends and colleges injured in the attack. Julie shares her nonjudgemental insight and wisdom to create a healing path for others.
Loss and Trauma with Dion Green: A Personal Story
This incredibly vulnerable, raw, and heartbreaking conversation with Dion Green. Dion is a bereaved victim/survivor of the Dayton Ohio mass shooting from August 2019 where nine people were killed and seventeen others were injured.
Dion Green, MBA, Founder/CEO of Flourishing Under Distress Given Encouragement (FUDGE)
Dion Green is the Founder/CEO of Flourishing Under Distress Given Encouragement (FUDGE), a 501c3 non profit that helps survivors through traumatic experiences with resources and support. Green recently finished his MBA at Keller's Graduate School in Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship, and holds a Bachelor of Science from DeVry University in Business Administration.
Green is an advocate on gun violence and on gun legislation which was inspired by the mass shooting that occurred in Dayton, Ohio in August of 2019, which claimed his father’s life and many other innocent victims. He speaks around the country and speaks in the communities that have been impacted by gun violence. Green authored a memoir called Untitled Act of God/Act of Man sharing his tragedies and demonstrating a sense of resilience through his journey by forgiving and giving back to his community.
In addition to his Foundation, Gun Legislation Advocacy service, and Gun Rally participation, he serves on the Board of Felons with a Future, Upturn Ohio, and numerous other community initiatives and support networks across the country.
Dion has spent the past 5 years as a real estate investor and served as a case manager with St. Vincent Depaul homeless shelter as a Case Manager. He currently resides in Dayton with his fiancee and 13-year-old daughter.
on Twitter @DionGre95543236
The Importance of Connection with Terri Keener
Terri Keener, Behavioral Health Coordinator from the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center joined me for an important conversation about the importance of connection for victims and survivors of mass violence. "Healing does not happen in isolation."
Terri Keener, LCSW, LSCSW
Behavioral Health Coordinator, Division of Child and Family Services
Vegas Strong Resiliency Center
I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Master of Science in Social Work and I am professionally licensed as a clinical social worker in Kansas and Nevada.
I am a member of the 2021 cohort of the Jameson Fellowship.
My professional experience includes:
•More than 30 years of experience working with trauma and special needs populations in various communities and settings including child welfare, education, and community based mental health.
•Direct services, supervision, management, consultation, team development, training, program development, grant writing and management, quality assurance, provider vetting, collaborative projects, outreach and media relations.
•Since June 2018, serve as the Behavioral Health Coordinator at the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, learning about the behavioral health needs of those impacted by mass violence and developing and establishing programming to meet those needs.
•EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
•EMDR – Recent Event Protocol
•Member EMDR Trauma Resource Network for Southern Nevada
•Critical Incident Stress Management (Group and Individual)
•NOVA Crisis Response Team Training (National Organization of Victim Assistance)
•Employee Trauma Intervention Program (E-TIP)
•Trauma Recovery Yoga
•Field Based Consultant, Inclusive Network of Kansas, KU Graduate School of Education
•Conference Presentations including:
oImpact of childhood trauma on parenting (National Association of Case Management)
oFacilitating Child and Family Teams (NV Statewide Differential Response Conference)
oSchool-Based Programs and Partnerships (KS Mental Health Services Conference)
oDisaster Behavioral Health (Minnesota Regional Conference)
oUNR Public Health Perspectives Webinar – Impact of Mass Violence
•Strategic Management and Planning Facilitator
•Clark County Leadership Academy
•Georgetown University Leadership Academy
•Establishment of a Peer Support program and Critical Incident Teams for Clark County Department of Family Services
•Vetting and matching of providers for survivors of mass violence in multiple states and Canada
•Implementation of Peer Support groups through NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
•Coordination of volunteer emotional support providers for mass violence anniversary and special events
•Establishment of a network of local and out of area mental health and supportive services providers for those impacted by mass violence and trauma
•Media appearances and development of press release and social media and educational material as Behavioral Health Coordinator at Vegas Strong Resiliency Center
•Organization of various training and information session opportunities for those impacted by mass violence, including responder peer support teams.
Transcend PTSD with Dr. Dan Smith, Kristin Walker, and Mary Shapiro PhD.
The Transcend App for self-help from PTSD/trauma has launched!
Dr. Dan Smith and Mary Shapiro were central in the development of the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center's Transcend App. D.r Dan Smith, Mary Shapiro, Kristin Walker, and I as we talk about the app, PTSD, self-help, and how to navigate through these troubling times.
Dr. Smith is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). A Fellow of the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, (ABCT), Dr. Smith is a nationally certified provider of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) and an approved TF-CBT trainer. He specializes in the use of technology to disseminate trauma-related information for clinical and non-clinical professionals.
Kristin Walker is the founder of the Mental Health News Radio Network.
Mary Shapiro: Dr. Mary Shapiro is a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina and the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, and her research focuses on using technology to enhance treatment outcomes for anxiety- and trauma-related symptoms.
Hope and Grief with Dr. Fatima Ali Haider
In this very special conversation, Dr. Fatima Ali Haider shares about her personal tragedy and how it led her to start an organization to create a space for women and mothers to grieve in Pakistan. The toll of terrorism in clear and the impact of trauma cuts across cultures. This heartwarming conversation is further proof that the worldwide need for understanding trauma and creating access to mental health services is necessary. Listening to this brave and incredible woman will leave you inspired.
Fatima Ali Haider, a medical doctor and EMDR therapist by training, lost her husband and son in an incident of sectarian terrorism in 2013. Her personal experience and journey after the tragedy made her aware of those suffering in similar situations. Therefore, she co-founded an initiative in 2015 called ‘The Grief Directory’ that was intended to be a bridge of compassion between victims of terrorism in Pakistan who require support and individuals willing to offer it. Through this platform, she has reached out to countless victims of terrorism and their families across the boundaries of religion, sect or ethnicity, providing assistance in areas of health, education and emotional support. Other than directly working with the victims, Dr. Fatima has been conducting youth internship programmes from The Grief Directory’s platform for the last five years, training young college students on empathy, tolerance, acceptance, and resilience through in person meetings with victims and diversity tours. The programme has been well attended by young students, many of them women. In an effort towards countering terrorism and violent extremism in Pakistan, she regularly advocates for the rights of victims of terrorism in Pakistan including establishment of institutionalized mechanisms of support and state ownership on various platforms.
Dr. Fatima recently completed her master's in Peace and Conflict from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and is now undertaking her Ph.D. there. She hopes to bring valuable lessons home to support those who have been marginalized due to religion, sect, and acts of violence.
The Human Cost of Terrorism with Tahir Wadood Malik
Surviving an attack of terrorism or mass violence can lead to a complicated path of healing. Tahir heartwarmingly shares about the wounds that cannot be seen, how culture and context matter, and how although experiences may be very unique can all relate on the grounds of common humanity.
TheTahir Wadood Malik has over 47 years in Public and Private Enterprises. He is a survivor of terrorism, an activist for peace & a collector of stories of survivors.
He Co-Founded the Pakistan Terrorism Survivors Network & Global Survivors Network. A youth mentor, teacher, & motivational speaker he engages with youth and all people to create awareness of the human cost of terrorism, survivor issues, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, the need for creating a counter-narrative, & the dynamics of terrorist groups in the local & regional context.
He has represented Pakistan both at home & abroad to reach a wider audience for these issues.
Tahir’s desire to be an agent for a positive change in society has led to his playing an important role in the life of survivors of terrorism.
He supports interfaith harmony, minority rights, animal rights, and free media.
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