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TWU professor, students heading to Sri Lanka for tsunami aftercare


DENTON - A Texas Woman’s University professor and four of her graduate students are part of a team heading for Sri Lanka on Tuesday, July 12, to help train Sri Lankan medical personnel and social workers in counseling victims suffering from post traumatic stress disorder following last December’s tsunami.

Dr. Merry Evenson, an associate professor in the TWU Department of Family Sciences, said the group will spend two weeks in Sri Lanka, teaching trainees skills in helping others deal with grief, as well as critical stress management and how to move on with their lives in a healthy way. A special emphasis will be placed on play therapy.

“We hope to enable them to provide continuing counseling services to tsunami victims in need after we are gone,” Evenson said. She also hopes to gather data for a research project on survivors of trauma.

Evenson was contacted by a former student, Janet Perrera, now a counselor in the Dallas Independent School District, who asked for her help in training counselors in Sri Lanka. The short time frame left no opportunity for the project to qualify for class credit, and each member of the TWU group was required to raise approximately $2,500 to cover expenses. The group is working with Children’s Emergency Relief International, the overseas arm of Baptist Child & Family Services, a human service organization based in San Antonio.

For more information on the TWU group’s project, contact Karen Garcia or Amanda Simpson at (940) 898-3456, or via e-mail at ktreat@twu.edu or asimpson1@twu.edu.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu

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