Preparing for a Bio-Terrorist Attack: History of Bio-terrorism, Agents, Threats, Prevention, Awareness, and Psycho-Social Aspects

A two day comprehensive training program designed for professionals including law enforcement, health professionals and first responders.

Day One (Six Modules)

Title: The History of Bio-Terrorism
Goal: The participants will understand the history of bio-terrorism, how it is used and its impact.

Title: Bio-terrorism Agents
Goal: The participants will be familiar with potential bio-terrorist agents, their signs and symptoms and how to identify and respond to them.

Title: Domestic Terrorist Threats
Goal: The participants will know the different types of terrorist threats from domestic sources, how to identify terrorists and steps to take when dealing with a terrorist. The specific indicators such as tattoos, dress, grooming, and insignia of domestic terrorist groups are identified.

Title: International Terrorist Threats
Goal: The participant will understand some of the major international threats facing the United States and the world and understand the perceived political and religious reasons for anti-Americanism in the Middle East and throughout the world.

Title: Local Terrorism Awareness
Goal: The participant will understand the concept of terrorism and the responsibilities of the local law enforcement officer and the community in counter-terrorism efforts. Participants will be able to identify five characteristics of a terrorist that are different from those of a common criminal, how to identify suspicious packages, vehicles, individuals, and pre incident indicators.

Day Two: When Tragedy Strikes (Four Modules)

Title: The Impact of Bio-terrorism on the Community
Goal: Participants will develop an understanding of bio-terrorism and psychological toxicity. Participants will understand factors complicating grief, common responses to a traumatic event, and review healthy psychological responses to terrorism.

Title: When Tragedy Strikes
Goal: Participants will describe various types of sudden, traumatic events in a community and the psycho-social impact of traumatic loss. Compare responses in victims and survivors of a terrorist act, disaster, homicide, suicide, and car crash death. Explain the importance of grief crisis intervention after a terrorist act, disaster, and sudden death.

Title: Managing the Psycho-Social consequences of Terrorism and Traumatic events in the Community
Goal: Participants will learn what needs to be done to ease the survivor’s traumatic stress, grief, and mourning and discuss interventions for those coping with bereavement. Identify suicide risks in survivors of traumatic events and explore postvention techniques. List ways to console grieving families. Examine effective communication techniques with individuals in a crisis situation and sudden death notification protocols..

Title: Secondary Trauma: The Impact of Bio-terrorism on the Health Care Professional
Goal: Participants will recognize the trauma of working with those in traumatic situations. Identify and address ways to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue among law enforcement, emergency responders, and health workers. Participants will identify professional caregiver issues, identify self-care strategies, and ways to be a resilient responder.

Lead Instructors:

John Saccenti

Mr. Saccenti attended Fordham University where he received his Bachelors in Education, Masters in Education and Political Science as well as his Educational Specialist Degree.
After service in the US Army as an officer and special assignments with the FBI, Mr. Saccenti served as a teacher and administrator. Most recently Mr. Saccenti retired from the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice where his primary responsibility was the development of all Basic Law Enforcement Training. Before leaving, Mr. Saccenti redesigned and re wrote The Basic Course for Police Officers. He had previously developed the Basic Course for Investigators among other major basic and advanced law enforcement courses.
Mr. Saccenti is the author of many articles on both law enforcement training and public health and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey He is a nationally known speaker in both areas and has served as President of the National Association of Local Boards of Health and advised the US Surgeon General and the White House on public health issues. He presently serves as a consultant to the Office of the Attorney General, Office of Counter-Terrorism.

Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBS, CPBC
is a recognized expert in the field of coping after a sudden loss and is a nationally known bereavement specialist. Barbara was featured in a 1998 PBS Emmy winning documentary, Fatal Mistakes: Families Shattered by Suicide, narrated by Mariette Hartley. Barbara is the author of the best selling book, But I Didn't Say Goodbye: For parents and professionals helping child suicide survivors and the 30 hour course book, Death, dying, and bereavement: Providing compassion during a time of need.
Barbara is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Barbara is a Certified Bereavement Specialist and a Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Rubel has a Certificate of Advanced Study in The Skilled Helper on the issues of Complicated Mourning and received training in (CISM) Basic and Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management Group Crisis Intervention. Barbara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her MA in Community Health with Thanatology concentration from Brooklyn college.
Rubel has been a guest on radio and television programs, including Family Talk, Real Life, The Early Morning Show, and AM Philadelphia Live. Health care professionals, victim advocates, and first responders regularly rate her presentations on sudden loss, death and dying, and compassion fatigue at the top of the scale for both content and presentation.
In 1994, Barbara developed the Palette of Grief™, a creative way to identify the grief process. Thousands have personally applied the Palette of Grief™ concept in their lives and have learned to cope with life's challenges.
Rubel is a consultant for the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime offering training programs across the US on traumatic grief and sudden loss. She is also a consultant with the 4-U-NJ-911 program sponsored by the NJ Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice and The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s University Behavioral HealthCare. The 4-U-NJ-911 program offers support to those impacted by the events of September 11th.
Barbara’s articles have been published in Visions Magazine, The Recovery Link, The Times, Business & Health Magazines, and many other publications..



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