Family & Children’s Services answered the call to help survivors of the May 20, 2013 tornado – and smaller twisters that hit central Oklahoma earlier in the month – pick up the pieces of their lives.
More than a dozen of the agency’s therapists and case managers responded to a call for help issued by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services or to requests made through Employee Assistance Programs. Elizabeth Hampton, project director for Home-Based Child Abuse and Trauma Services (pictured below, in the survivor resource center in Little Axe, Oklahoma) and other agency representatives provided psychological first aid to traumatized survivors and responders, and helped families obtain temporary housing, debris removal services and other resources.
Employees who responded included Hampton, Wakeelah Adelegan, Ashley Whitmire, Angela Boudreaux, Lindsey Young, Josh Pillow, Sara Bennett, Carrie Whitmarsh, Claudia Arthrell, Lorri Perez, Stephanye Lewis, Cari Gibson, Faith Crittenden, Ashley Andrew and Emily Farmer.
Family & Children’s Services will host a continuing education workshop on Psychological First Aid on Thursday, June 27. Click here for more details or to get enrollment materials.