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
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
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.