2010 Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference

About the Conference

Presentations: Three presentations from the conference.
Disaster Response-Doing No Harm, Doing Some Good
The Mental Health System in Haiti and the 2010 Earthquake: The Need for a Change
Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue: On Professional Quality of Life

Speaker Biographies

Dr. J. Roosevelt Clerisme M.D., a native of Haiti, is board certified in General Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Clerisme has held leadership positions at Associate Medical Director at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center as well as Unit Chief, Associate Chairman of Psychiatry, and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Jamaica Hospital. He has also maintained a psychiatric private practice since 1983 in a culturally diverse community where he treats fellow Haitians and other West Indian patients. Dr. Clerisime has been on the executive board of Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad since the early 1980s and has been involved educating the Haitian community about various health issues through health fairs and radio and TV programs. He is the founder and president of CORRECT HEALTH IN HAITI, nonprofit organization supporting a rural clinic in Haiti.

James Cawood, M.A., is currently the President of Factor One, which provides vertically integrated violence risk assessment and threat management expertise. Mr. Cawood has assessed over 4000 cases and has designed and implemented violence risk assessment and workplace violence training programs, provided site security program review, and investigative consultation for other sensitive client concerns including loss of proprietary information, claims of sexual harassment or discrimination, financial irregularities, and conflicts of interest.

Robin H. Gurwitch, Ph.D. is the Program Coordinator for the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. Additionally, Dr. Gurwitch is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She co-authored a guidebook for community resilience in the face of disaster with a focus on children and families with the CDC. She has worked with the Department of Defense/Pentagon to develop materials for families and children whose parents are in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Gurwitch was recently asked to Chair the APA Presidential Task Force on the Psychological Needs of US Military Service Members and Their Families.

Amy C. Hudnall is a scholar activist who is Lecturer in the History Department at Appalachian State University. Her work focuses on cross-cultural trauma, genocide, and peace studies. She has presented and published on captivity trauma, human rights, secondary trauma, and cross-cultural conflict. She received her M.A. in history at Appalachian State University and also studied at the Bayerische Julius-Maximilian-Universitat in Germany. Hudnall is a member of the international Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Education Team and the consortium TRANSCEND-USA.

Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication Studies; Adjunct Professor of Social Work; and Chair, Behavioral Institutional Review Board at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author or co-author of 22 books; his latest book is the second edition of When Their World Falls Apart: Helping Families and Children Manage the Effects of Disasters (co-authored by Joanne Caye, Mooli Lahad, and Robin Gurwitch, National Association of Social Workers Press, 2010). Dr. Rosenfeld is the 2006 recipient of the National Communication Association's Gerald M. Phillips Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Applied Communication Research, the 2000 recipient of the National Communication Association's Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, the 1995 recipient of the University of North Carolinas Johnston Award for Teaching Excellence, and is listed in a 2004 publication as the tenth most prolific currently active scholar in Communication.