Faithful Response and Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management recognizing the importance of pre-incident planning and education to effectively manage traumatic events is sponsoring two FREE workshops on Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management (CATSM). Dr. Ray Shelton will be facilitating these workshops for Faithful Response. Dr. Shelton is the Director of Professional Development with the American Academy of Experts in traumatic stress. He has been a member of the Emergency Service community for 39 years and has been the with the Nassau County Police Department's Academy for 30 years as the Director of Health and Emergency Care training.

Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management is a pragmatic process that addresses the emergent psychological needs of individuals, groups and organizations experiencing traumatic stress associated with a wide spectrum of traumatic events (e.g., accidents, illness, criminal victimization, natural disasters, etc) CATSM is an integrated, multi-component program for the provisions of crisis and disaster mental health services. CATSM may be viewed as a series of “practical tools” that provide the framework for managers, educators, emergency responders, clergy, medical and healthcare personnel, catastrophe response teams and others who find themselves in a position to assist victims of crisis.

If you would like to learn more about CATSM you can visit The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress at

To attend this or any future workshops sponsored by Faithful Response on CATSM and related topics you can contact Michael Arcari at 516-679-0080 or e-mail

The training will be held as follows:

CATSM Workshop I (Basic)

Date: Saturday December 1, 2007

Location: Syosset Firehouse  (Station 3)

                205 South Oyster Bay Road

                Syosset, NY 11791

CATSM Workshop II (Review & New Concepts)

Date: Saturday December 8, 2007

Location: Syosset Firehouse  (Station 3)

                205 South Oyster Bay Road

                Syosset, NY 11791


Since we will provide materials for the workshops it is very important that you register by Friday November 23, 2007. You can register by either calling (516) 679-0080 or e-mail us at, indicate which day you plan to attend, your name and contact information. If for some reason you are unable to attend after registering please contact us immediately so we can offer your seat to an individual on the waiting list.

The workshops will start at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM. Registration will be 1/2 hour prior to the start of the workshop. Please be prompt.

We will be providing coffee in the morning and a lite lunch.



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