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Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
Join us for a spectacular day of golf at Westchester Country Club! Those not playing golf are welcome to join us later in the day for the dinner and speaker program. Either way, our committee has planned an intimate "non-corporate" flavor for the event.
 
Funds raised support VOICES efforts to provide long-term mental health care and resources for 9/11 families, survivors and responders; commemorate the 2,977 lives lost; and share our lessons learned with communities impacted by other tragedies, both in the United States and abroad.
 
For more information on sponsorships or to reserve your spot, contact Frank Fetchet at ffetchet@voicesofsept11.org or 203-966-3911. Learn more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Past Events
 
 
 
 
Promoting Resiliency in Communities
Impacted by Trauma
 
VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience held it's annual New Jersey Symposium, Promoting Resilience in Communities Impacted by Trauma on Friday, May 18, 2018. The Symposium was held at Kean University in the North Avenue Academic Building at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, NJ. Registration began at 8:30 am and the program will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
 
9/11 families, responders and survivors were invited guests. Mental health and public health providers, emergency managers and law enforcement professionals working with victims' families, responders and survivors were encouraged to attend. Learn more.
 
VOICES 10th Annual Always Remember Gala was held on March 31st in New York City. The event was a wonderful success thanks to our special guests, our sponsors, donors and volunteers. As always, there was a strong sense of community among the attendees, as we came together to reflect, remember and celebrate the resiliency of so many.
 
This year's event was emceed by Mike Greenberg, ESPN's award-winning journalist and broadcaster. Mike shared his heartfelt personal reflections about 9/11 and the loss of a long-time friend and paid special tribute to the brave first responders who ran in to respond while others were running out.
 
We were honored to present the 23rd US Secretary of Defense, Leon E. Panetta with VOICES 2018 Leadership Award and 60 Minutes Correspondent, Lara Logan with the 2018 Building Bridges Award. Learn more.
 
On the eve of the Anniversary VOICES hosted our 16th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum. This year, we were honored to have Jon Stewart and John Feal, Founder and President of The FealGood Foundation speak about their tireless advocacy efforts to ensure that responders and survivors receive the care they deserve.
 
Beginning with a We Remember Ceremony, candles were lit to honor the lives lost and recognize the many individuals who continue to support the 9/11 community. As in years past, the Clinical Directors from the World Trade Center Health Program provided updates on treatment for medical and psychological conditions. Legal experts and victims' advocates discussed the Victims Compensation Fund. Clinicians with decades of professional experience shared their expertise about mental health treatment and building strength and resiliency.
 
The afternoon began with a presentation on Commemoration and Creating a Narrative for Survivors and concluded with peer-to-peer roundtable discussions. Thanks to the generosity of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, attendees visited the Museum following the Information Forum. A special thank you to the dedicated professionals who took the time out of their busy schedules to participate in the Information Forum. Learn more.
 
VOICES Resiliency Symposium, Knowledge to Practice: Pathways to Long-Term Healing, brought together leading researchers and practitioners along with those impacted by traumatic events. This year, we were honored to have keynote speakers Dr. Katherine Shear present her pioneering work in Complicated Grief, and Dr. David Grand discuss his innovative Brainspotting Method which can be used to treat PTSD.
 
The day-long event included testimonies from Victims, Survivors and Responders, who shared their personal journeys of strength and resilience. Leading professionals who responded in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing and the September 11 attacks also shared valuable insights and lessons learned.
 
The event was a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between research and practice, as well as to learn from individuals who have been directly affected by acts of terrorism and mass violence. A special thank you to the dedicated professionals who took the time out of their busy schedules to participate in the Symposium. Learn more.
 
On September 5 we hosted our 3rd Annual Golf Outing at the Country Club of Fairfield. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and the golfers had another beautiful day of golf overlooking the Long Island Sound.
 
Our thanks to our Honorary Chairman Mike Greenberg from ESPN, and special guests former New York Jets Coach Herm Edwards, PGA Touring Professional Bryson DeChambeau and Governor Thomas Kean for joining us.
 
A special thanks to Bankwell, BMW of Darien, ESPN Radio, JetBlue, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., New Balance of New Canaan, Patsy's Confections, Phillips-Van Heusen, Rand Insurance, Speiser Krause, PC and Summit Soap & Company for sponsoring the event.
 
We also appreciate the valuable time of our Golf Committee, led by Co-Chairs Peter Krieger and Jack Loop, George Bodenheimer, Linus Cooke, Bob Doran, John Duffy, Bill Fessler, Frank Fetchet, Jerry Miller, and Kurt Wolfgruber... and to our volunteers and staff who helped make the event a wonderful success! Learn more.
 
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. Learn more.
 
 
 

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