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C.W. Post Psychology Program Wins Federal Grant to Aid 9/11 First Responders


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. – Psychology doctoral students at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University will join with Tuesday’s Children, an organization of family members of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to offer counseling to 9/11 first responders, thanks to a major government grant secured by Rep. Peter King. The appropriation for $750,000 will fund the partnership between C.W. Post and Tuesday’s Children through September of 2011.

Students from the Psy.D. program at C.W. Post will provide clinical services, counseling and referrals in such areas as mental health, health and wellness, financial management, career guidance and more. Also working with Tuesday’s Children will be Thomas Demaria, Ph.D., director of the Psychological Services Center, C.W. Post’s public clinic. Demaria has extensive experience in counseling trauma victims, including people impacted by the 9/11 attacks.

"Tuesday’s Children and C.W. Post have been there for the responders that were there for our nation after a time of great tragedy," King said. "These men and women deserve nothing but our appreciation and support for their service to our country. I applaud both Tuesday’s Children and C.W. Post for their allegiance to those that were so dedicated to the families of 9/11."

Demaria said, "The lives of our first responders and their families were disrupted by their valuable service to our country during the rescue and recovery periods at Ground Zero. Many continue to cope with the powerful emotional and health impacts caused by their traumatic exposure at Ground Zero."

Known as the First Responder Alliance, the partnership between C.W. Post students and Tuesday’s Children will offer counseling, programs in career guidance, financial management, parenting, health and wellness. It will also provide family weekends focusing on building resiliency, improving family communications and helping family members support responders who are dealing with chronic illness. Family engagement activities will also be provided as a means to create community for responders, their children and their spouses.

The First Responder Alliance will provide counseling for the entire family as well as academic and achievement testing for all ages, ADHD testing and behavioral and social assessment as well as other support services. All are fully confidential and at no cost. Program and events are scheduled throughout the year.

More information is available at (516) 721-9001 or

The First Responder Alliance is one of several ongoing community outreach efforts undertaken by psychology doctoral students at C.W. Post. Communities and individuals affected by violent crime, economic crisis or natural disaster have been engaged by the Community Trauma Response Team, a volunteer student group. The Community Trauma Response Team was formed by Demaria with the support of Dr. Eva Feindler, chair of the psychology doctoral program at C.W. Post.

For more information on the doctoral psychology program and the Psychological Services Center, visit or call (516) 299-2090.

Posted 02/24/2010

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