Acts of mass violence, domestically and throughout the world, underscore the need for communities to be better prepared to respond to both the short and long term needs of victims’ families, responders and survivors. In 2014, VOICES launched an initiative to create a Center of Excellence that will share lessons learned to assist communities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from traumatic events. This new VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience will be a clearinghouse of information to help families and communities heal after acts of mass violence or natural disasters.
The Center will draw on our 12+ years of experience working with victims’ families, responders and survivors. The initiative will expand through public/private partnerships with subject matter experts, government agencies, organizations, and universities. Programs will include the development of curriculum, training materials, and research to establish evidence-based treatment.
The VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience will continue to expand to offer leading edge thinking for mental health professionals, community leaders, emergency responders, law enforcement, and communities responding to tragedies. We are excited about the opportunities ahead in educating those in the field by developing curriculum, training materials, and research that will inform evidence-based treatment to promote resilience in the lives of those impacted by traumatic events.