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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
Thursday, July 13
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Voices of September 11th
84 Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Erin O'Brien Veara

Quality sleep is essential to wellness, especially for those coping with physical and/or psychological conditions. Sleep disturbance is common among those living with trauma, grief, and medical conditions, and is prevalent in the 9/11 Community. Insomnia may lead to increased distress and exacerbate coexisting conditions, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, alcohol dependence, or hypnotic medication dependence.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is considered a first-line intervention for primary insomnia by the National Institute of Health, with recent research supporting its effectiveness (and without the side effects common with some medication).
CBT-I is typically offered as a treatment model in a series of 4 to 6 sessions (individual or group). VOICES is offering a 2 hour introductory workshop in our New Brunswick, New Jersey office which will provide an overview of CBT-I, help participants assess their level of sleep disturbance, and include a "take away" tool for use at home.
Dr. Erin O'Brien Veara, licensed psychologist and certified CBT-I practitioner, will lead this workshop. Dr. O'Brien Veara completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, focusing on the relationship between sleep and chronic pain and completed her Clinical Psychology internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University. She worked as a staff psychologist in Outpatient Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in the Lifespan Hospital System in Providence, RI, and was the Director of the Clinical Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program in this role. Dr. O'Brien Veara has a specialty in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and is one of only a handful of clinicians in the United States who has obtained Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (CBSM). She has expertise in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders in adults, children, and older adults.
Dr. O'Brien Veara's clinical and research interests are in the areas of behavioral sleep medicine, with a focus on the relationship between insomnia and physical and mental health, and the management of chronic pain. She has published several papers and given presentations on the topic. In addition to her clinical practice, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology (most recently at La Salle University and Rowan University). She has recently returned to her hometown of Marlton, NJ, joining Centra, PC as a licensed Clinical Psychologist.
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Thank you to the United Way of Central Jersey for sponsoring this event.
United Way


Past Events

Voices Center of Excellence for Community Resilience
Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Registration: 8:30 am | Program: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kean University
STEM Building | 1075 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ
Keynote Presentation: Healing Trauma with Brainspotting
9/11 Families, Survivors, Responders: No Charge
Symposium Fee for Professionals: $75 | 6 CEU Credits: $25
Students and Kean Faculty: $25 | Exhibitor Table Fee: $100

Always Remember 7th Annual Gala
Friday, March 31, 2017
409 East 59th Street
New York, NY
Voices of September 11th

Knowledge to Practice: Pathways to Long-Term Healing
Friday, September 9, 2016
Keynote Speaker
Listening to the Pain of Others:
Building Resilience to Compassion Fatigue
The Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair and Professorship, Tulane University
School of Social Work and Associate Dean for Research and Traumatology Institute Director
Our thanks to those who joined us for a day of clinically informed presentations from leading researchers and clinicians working in the field of trauma. Topics included compassion fatigue, mitigating secondary traumatic stress, identifying the long-term needs of victim's families, group treatment modalities, mental health considerations, and best practices in responding to and recovering from traumatic events. The daylong symposium was intended to educate mental health professionals, victims' services, emergency managers, law enforcement, and other community stakeholders.
Marriott Downtown Hotel
85 West Street
New York City
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Free program for 9/11 Family Members, Responders and Survivors
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Marriott Downtown Hotel
85 West Street
New York City
VOICES is hosted our 15th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum on the eve of this milestone anniversary. The day-long event provided an opportunity for 9/11 families, responders, survivors and those who supported them to gather together as a community. This year, we are especially honored that Dr. Charles Figley and Dr. Kathy Regan Figley presented the keynote address, "Building Resilience to Compassion Fatigue."
The program included presentations, panel discussions and round-table conversations to promote healing and resilience in their lives. Topics include the World Trade Center Health Program, building resilience, interfaith response, identifying unmet needs, advocacy efforts, and effective interventions to address the long-term growth and recovery of children and families.
VOICES is honored to once again host this annual event bringing together the 9/11 community - both those who were affected and the dedicated professionals with expertise in the fields of mental health, law, occupational health and medicine who have provided support and services over the years.
Thank you to all who participated!
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VOICES Public Discourse Initiative:
Commemorating the 15th Anniversary
Remembrance, Renewal, and Resilience
Monday, September 12, 2016
Grace Farms
365 Lukes Wood Road
New Canaan, CT
In commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, VOICES partnered with Grace Farms Foundation for a public discourse program centered on remembrance, renewal, and resilience. Participants will discuss their perspectives on the long-standing impact of 9/11 and the current challenges we face.
Distinguished speakers and panelists included:
Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, Congressman Jim Himes, Scott Bates
Ambassador Tim Roemer, Attorney James Kreindler, John Gannon
Bonnie McEneaney, Brian Lavigne, Mary and Frank Fetchet
Join us in remembering those whose lives were lost, and gain insight into how we can best prevent, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and mass violence.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Country Club of Fairfield
Seth Raynor designed course. Recently voted 2nd best in CT by Golf Digest
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