Specialized Training To Respond to the Mental Health Needs of Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence
Federal law enforcement and community service providers face significant challenges in responding to the mental health needs of victims of terrorism and mass violence. Recent incidents and the Federal Government's response have demonstrated a clear need for planning, training, and coordination, especially at local levels. Yet, training for professionals and victim service providers about how to respond to the mental health needs of victims of terrorism and mass violence is not widely available.
To close this gap, OVC and the Center for Mental Health Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began collaborating in 1999 to provide mental health training, technical assistance, and consultation services for professionals who assist victims. Two publications were developed to help mental health providers better serve victims. In 2004, a training manual was produced and distributed, followed by a field guide in November 2005.