Conference Promotes Interdisciplinary Approaches for Dealing with Traumatized Children: The Notebook

The fields of education, medicine, juvenile justice and mental health were represented at the three-day Greater Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference held last week at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)—East Falls Campus, The Notebook reported July 25.

Jeanne Felter, director of the University’s Community and Trauma Counseling Program, said the conference was designed to promote interdisciplinary approaches for dealing with traumatized children.

Read more coverage from the meeting here.

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Faculty to Discuss Dynamics of Financial Markets at International Seminar

Finance Professor D.K. Malhotra will cover financial innovation in his presentation.

Finance Professor D.K. Malhotra will cover financial innovation in his presentation.

Two Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) faculty members will discuss the changing dynamics of financial markets July 28 in New Delhi, India. D.K. Malhotra, professor of finance, and Philip Russel, professor of finance and dean of graduate education, will participate in the international seminar, organized by Jefferson and India’s BIMTECH Birla Institute of Management Technology.

Russel will review the regulation of financial markets, providing historical perspective and delving into the latest research, data insights and calls for reform.

Malhotra will address the types, drivers and processes of financial innovation, as well as the impact of financial innovation on financial systems and overall economic growth.

“From telephone banking to cashless wallets, financial innovation has come a long way, and it is changing the way everyone across the world handles money,” said Malhotra, the Nydick Family Term Chair. “In many ways, financial innovation is redefining financial markets, and regulators across the globe are scrambling to gain a better understanding so they can distinguish the value of adding innovation from just profit making.”

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Disaster Medicine and Management Students Develop Critical Skills in Real-World Training

Disaster medicine and management students learned about chemical decontamination as part of the on-site training.

Disaster medicine and management students learned about chemical decontamination as part of the on-site training.

The University’s M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management students have wrapped up seven intensive days working in the field, participating in disaster drills and refining their knowledge, skills and abilities.

“Marrying academics with real-world experience is critical to developing critical-thinking and application skills,” said Jean Bail, director of the disaster medicine and management program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

During the annual week of on-site training, 17 students in the disaster exercise and drills class studied emergency operations at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency in Smyrna, critical infrastructures at the PBF Energy refinery in Delaware City and participated in hands-on disaster simulation exercises in Hershey, Pa., with members of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Milton Hershey School, Hershey Entertainment, Hershey’s Chocolate World and Hershey Lodge.

Student Megan McConnell said practicing hazmat decontamination with Hershey Medical Center was one highlight of the week.

“It was an opportunity to take material I read about every day and put into practice,” she said. “I now understand more of the logistics involved and how important it is to take care of your people in emergency management. I wouldn’t have learned these things in a completely book-based curriculum.”

International student Cristina Pareja found the decontamination drills beneficial as well, especially since her home country of Ecuador doesn’t follow the same protective measures as does the U.S., she said.

“It helped me to clarify concepts and to understand how emergency management works in real life,” Pareja said. “It was truly an enriching and knowledge-filled experience.”

During the on-site training, students also heard from experts such as Dr. Dan Hanfling, professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University and consultant on emergency preparedness, response and crisis management, who spoke about the role of emergency management in healthcare, including hospital planning and healthcare coalitions.

In addition, students created and conducted disaster tabletop exercises, which McConnell said helped build new knowledge and skills. “When I go on a job interview, my portfolio includes work samples that I wouldn’t have had if the disaster medicine and management program didn’t emphasize the importance of hands-on training,” she said.

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Takeaways from Under Armour Basketball Camp: CBS Sports, NBC Sports

The Under Armour All-American high school basketball camp that took place on campus last week continued to receive media coverage on NBC Sports, CBS Sports and other outlets.

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PhilaU Online Highlights Key Types of Corporate Culture: Mic

PhilaU Online identifies five key types of corporate culture, Mic reported in a July 25 article on finding a job that is a good personality fit.

The main workplace culture types are standard corporate, entrepreneurial, social, talent-based and horizontal, according to PhilaU Online.

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University Hosts City’s First Trauma Training Conference Focused on Helping Children

The meeting featured a diverse slate of topics, including using art to enhance relationships with trauma-affected youths.

The meeting featured a diverse slate of topics, including art to enhance relationships with trauma-affected youths.

Almost half of children in the U.S. have experienced one or more traumatic events, and nearly one-third of youths ages 12 to 17 have dealt with levels of adversity that can contribute to poor physical, social, emotional and educational outcomes across their lifespans, said Jeanne Felter, director of the M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

Despite these sobering facts, few professionals and paraprofessionals that work with children in Philadelphia have the knowledge and skills to appropriately address their trauma-related needs, she said.

To help close this gap and improve the outcomes for children, Jefferson’s CTC program hosted the first Greater Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference, held July 18-21 on the East Falls campus. Some 400 professionals from as far away as California attended the conference, which was presented in association with Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Lakeside Global Institute, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.

Approximately 400 professionals attended the conference presented by the Community and Trauma Counseling program.

Approximately 400 professionals attended the conference presented by the Community and Trauma Counseling program.

“As the only trauma-focused professional graduate program in the region, we’re uniquely qualified to lead this training conference,” said Felter, the Zeldin Family Foundation Chair in Community and Trauma Counseling.

The conference provided a forum for interprofessional training, research sharing, best practices and innovative approaches to trauma-informed education and intervention across professions, including medicine and health, psychology, counseling, social work, education, child welfare, criminal justice, researchers, advocates, policymakers and philanthropists.

The diverse slate of topics addressed during the meeting included working with LGBTQ clients, teen dating violence, understanding children’s bereavement, advocacy for children in foster care, using art to enhance relationships with trauma-affected youths and child trafficking.

Keynote speakers included Frank Meeink, author of “Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead,” and John Rich, M.D., and Sandra Bloom, M.D., both faculty members at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. Other speakers were associated with such leading institutions as Jefferson, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Center for Grieving Children, Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, and Covenant House Pennsylvania.

“The conference is a great example of meaningful and innovative collaboration between our Community and Trauma Counseling program and several other key organizations and institutions in the city that have come together with a shared mission of growing and strengthening Philadelphia’s child-serving workforce,” Felter said.

Other conference sponsors included the Scattergood Foundation, Carole Haas Gravagno, the Zeldin Family Foundation, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services, Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence, Philadelphia Community Behavioral Health and Malvern Institute Recovery Centers.

For more information about Jefferson’s Community and Trauma Counseling program, click here. Read more about the program’s new art therapy specialization here.

Also, see WHYY’s coverage of the conference here.

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Trauma Conference Focuses on Helping Kids Heal: WHYY

The city’s first conference to train professionals to work with children who have experienced trauma was hosted last week by the University’s Community and Trauma Counseling program, WHYY reported July 21.

Some 400 professionals attended the first Greater Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference on the East Falls campus, including those in juvenile justice, health care and education, said Jeanne Felter, director of the master’s program. “The goal is really to have all of these people working across systems and—collaboratively—to really improve outcomes for children,” she said.

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TJU Awarded $300,000 To Study Empathy in Dementia Care: Philadelphia Inquirer

Thomas Jefferson University, in collaboration with ARTZ Philadelphia and Theater of Witness, was awarded a $300,000 grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to build on Jefferson’s growing humanities program, which fosters empathy, comfort with ambiguity and the recognition of one’s own limits among health professions students, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported July 20.

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Top High School Hoopsters Showcased at Under Armour Camp: Kansas City Star, Wichita Eagle, Scout.com

Some of the nation’s top high school hoops players are showcasing their talents for coaches and NBA scouts at the Under Armour All-America basketball camp at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), East Falls Campus this week, reported The Kansas City Star, Wichita Eagle and Scout.com.

 

 

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Information Design Elective takes on Public Health

In Spring 2017 Professor Renee Walker's Issues in Information Design elective addressed how information design might improve communication in the Public Health sphere. A range of topics were explored from how we might see a better picture of our health lineage to how to start a discussion on advancement in genetics.

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Taylor Santangelo explains his diagram of music influence to Dr. Drew Harris

Dr. Drew Harris from the Department of Population Health at Jefferson sat in on students' presentations of concepts and offered up advice on the relevance of the projects and potential impact they could have in public health.

The results included: an app designed to work similar to Ancestry.com allowing you to track your family's health history using a simple color and icon based navigation system, an informational kit that promotes awareness of the relaxation benefits of going to the beach plus actionable items to help you relax and safely enjoy the sun, and a card set used as a discussion piece for ethical issues around the gene editing technology CRISPR.

Health Heritage App, Alicia Cadrette

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Health Heritage App, Alicia Cadrette

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Beach Therapy KIt, Katelyn Brown

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the Ethical Concerns of CRISPR, Kristian Bocage

 

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