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Released September 23, 2005


HATTIESBURG – A three-hour training session featuring a psychologist renowned for his work with crisis situations will be held in Hattiesburg Sept. 28 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center. The session is sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi School Psychology Program, the Mississippi State Department of Education, the Mississippi Association for Psychology in the Schools, and the National Association of School Psychologists

The session, which will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and repeated from 1-4 p.m., will focus on how to address meeting the needs of displaced students and student and caregiver responses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Programming will also focus on instructional issues surrounding responses to disasters, along with providing additional information important to all educational personnel.

The session will also be held in Oxford at the Oxford Convention Center Sept. 27.

Dr. Philip Lazarus, NCSP, an associate professor and director of the School Psychology Training Program at Florida International University, will be the keynote presenter. Lazarus has been training psychologists to work in school for more than 25 years and recently gave the keynote address at the International School Psychology Colloquium in Switzerland.

Lazarus is also a founder and past chair of the National Emergency Assistance Team (NEAT) of the National Association of School Psychologists. This team has provided direct crisis assistance in the aftermath of the tragic school shootings in West Padukah, Ky.; Jonesboro, Ark.; Edinboro, Pa; Springfield, Ore.; Littleton, Colo.; Flint, Mich.; Lake Worth, Fla; Santee, El Cajon, Calif. and Red Lake, Minn.

The NEAT Team also responds to natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. This nine-person team provides training to professionals in the area of crisis prevention and response as well as consultation to schools and school districts.

For additional information, please contact the Southern Miss Department of Psychology at 601-266-4177.


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