Mental Health Association Oklahoma & the American Red Cross Present:

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Please note we have moved this event to a larger venue to accommodate more people. The location is now Metro Tech Conference Center.

April 19, 1995 changed lives, forever. The trauma of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, now 22 years later, continues to impact survivors, family members, and first responders, as well as the community of Oklahoma City. This workshop is about responding to tragedy, as well as fostering healing. Led by two internationally recognized experts, and drawing from their experiences related to the Oklahoma City Bombing and 9-11, the morning session will focus on trauma in the aftermath of personal and community tragedy. The afternoon will then emphasize healing and self-care. Join us for your choice of sessions, or participate in the full day.

This event is open to survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing and first responders, as well as anyone impacted by the tragedy, or who has played a role over the years in rebuilding the community. This includes those in the healing professions, as well as clergy, emergency managers, media, community members, and Red Cross volunteers. While this event is about continued healing, it’s also about building resilience and readiness to respond to future traumatic events impacting Oklahomans, and is therefore appropriate for anyone with a desire to learn more about addressing trauma, healing and support.

This event is free, but seating is limited. Register today!

This event is made possible by donations to the American Red Cross for the Oklahoma City Murrah Building Bombing Recovery.



8:30 - 9:00 - Check in

9:00 - 12:00 - Morning Presentation - Trauma in the Aftermath of Community Tragedy

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch, Provided

1:00 - 4:00 - Afternoon Presentation - Healing and Self-Care


Robin H. Gurwitch, PhD

Robin H. Gurwitch, PhD


PCIT-International Master Trainer

Duke University Medical Center - Center for Child and Family Health

Dr. Robin Gurwitch, a Clinical Psychologist, is a Professor at Duke University Medical Center and the Center for Child and Family Health. Dr. Gurwitch specializes in work with children considered at-risk. Serving on state and national committees and task forces focusing on trauma, disaster, terrorism, and resilience, she is involved in research, service, training and consultation to agencies, schools, and organizations across the country and internationally. She has developed materials for agencies related to disaster mental health and secondary traumatic stress. She is a member of the APA Disaster Response Network, American Red Cross, and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Recently, she was appointed to the HHS National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters. Dr. Gurwitch is also one of only 22 PCIT-International certified Master Trainers world-wide in the evidence-based treatment, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is currently studying PCIT for military families coping with deployment. Dr. Gurwitch is one of the co-developers of Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), a program based on PCIT and other evidence-based parenting interventions designed for to improve behaviors in children and teens; CARE is being used across settings throughout the US and abroad.

Elana Newman, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Elana Newman, PhD

McFarlin Professor of Psychology

Co-director, Institute of Trauma, Adversity and Injustice

University of Tulsa

Research Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Dr. Elana Newman, a Clinical Psychologist, specializes in understanding and intervening to prevent or treat trauma-related conditions and training students and professionals about the skills they need to work effectively with people suffering from trauma-related problems including self-care. She has expertise in both children and adults and her work has examined a wide range of issues including the physical and psychological effects of trauma exposure upon adults and children, health assessment, care costs and trauma, research ethics in studying trauma survivors, terrorism, disaster, correctional issues and trauma, and substance abuse and trauma. Newman has provided research, service, training, and consultation related to trauma to international, national, state and local taskforces and committees as well as agencies, organizations, and schools. She is currently working on issues related to disaster mental health for children and adults, defining the minimum trauma-related competencies for a mental health professional to provide effective treatment, and the occupational health of journalists. With the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, she helps journalists learn about trauma science, best psychological practice for interviewing survivors, self-care and consider ways psychological knowledge may be relevant to journalistic practice.



This program has been approved for 5.5 credit hours for Psychologists, Social Workers (CEP #20170062), Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marital & Family Therapists.

This event is free, but seating is limited. Register today!

Please call 405.943.3700 with any questions.

When & Where
Jun 27
27th June 2017
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Oklahoma City, OK
2017-06-27 09:00 AM 2017-06-27 04:00 PM America/Chicago Mental Health Association Oklahoma & the American Red Cross Present: 1900 Springlake Drive Oklahoma City, OK, United States 73111

Metro Tech Conference Center

1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City