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Press Releases / 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 2, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY:

FDNY Counseling Services Unit to Share
Lessons Learned after 9/11 with Crisis
Responders in Northern Ireland

Host Irish Counselors will also share their experiences in dealing with terrorist issues relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland with FDNY counselors who responded after 9/11.

Members of the Fire Department Counseling Services Unit (CSU) will attend a weeklong seminar hosted by the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation (NICTT) in Belfast, Ireland from June 4 to 11. The purpose of the mission is to share best practices and lessons learned regarding the counseling of individuals exposed to trauma, in particular, acts of terrorism. Both the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the NICTT specialize in helping treat patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other related issues.

Participants from the FDNY, Port Authority, New York City Police Department, NYC Office of Emergency Management and the NYC Department of Health Project Liberty will make presentations on the lessons learned after 9/11 and the psychological implications of terrorism.

Since September 11, 2001 the FDNY's CSU has assessed nearly 9,000 new cases. Prior to September 11, the CSU opened roughly 600 new cases a year. In 2002 alone, they opened 3600 new cases. Through a variety of programs offered by the Department, the CSU has provided outreach and services to more than 64,500 individuals, including Department members and their families. Today, the CSU is comprised of over 100 employees, including peer counselors and clinicians.

The NICTT was developed in response to the ongoing terrorism that plagued Northern Ireland from the late 1960s through the 1990s. During that time period, more than 3,000 people were killed. NICTT assesses, treats and cares for those who suffer from trauma related disorders, illness and disability.

WHO:

Malachy Corrigan, Director of the FDNY Counseling Service Unit; David Bolton, NICTT Director; Various FDNY CSU counselors and NICTT counseling staff; Members of the Port Authority Police Department, New York City Police Department, New York City Office of Emergency Management, and the New York City Department of Health Project Liberty

WHAT:

Reception hosted by the British Consulate General to Welcome the New York Emergency Services Delegation to Northern Ireland

WHERE:

British Consulate General, 845 Third Avenue, 9th Floor, Manhattan

WHEN:

Thursday, June 3, 2004 at 6:00 PM

**Interview Opportunities with Counselors**
**Photo-Op**
**Please allow extra time to be processed through Consulate Security**

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Viriginia Lam (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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