Sense of Hope Counseling, Training & Consulting


Instructor: Nancy Hawley, MA, LMHC

Bringing Community Together

After a traumatic event communities organically gather. Candlelight vigils, memorials, and assistance centers offer a place for families to get news of loved ones. When the event is no longer in the news what happens to communities who have been affected? How does information continue to be shared and where do people go to obtain ongoing support? What does the anniversary of the event look like? These and other questions will be explored with the expectation that every community is different in their needs for support. The objectives of this presentation will be that communities will leave prepared to:

  • How to have the victims and families voice in the recovery and preparation of events
  • What happens to all the memorabilia after a period of time
  • Considerations in planning a memorial event
  • Have a plan for media coverage
  • The role of the Family Assistance Center (FAC)
  • Who is best in leading events
  • What resources are available
  • The pros and cons of Facebook groups

This training is beneficial for any group that is involved in the recovery efforts after a mass violence or tragedy but particularly for:

  • School District Administration
  • Victim and Social Service Agencies
  • City Management
  • Mental Health
  • Chaplains

Just like individuals, every community is unique. For this reason, the trainer will share her expertise leaving room for discussion and planning for the particular needs of the community.

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