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Disaster Management

The Disaster Management and Relief Program at Ohio Christian University is designed to train students to build, sustain, and improve their capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from all hazards, natural & man-made.

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Faculty member Thaddeus Hicks invited to present at FEMA, Higher Education Conference

OCU Professor Thaddeus HicksOhio Christian University faculty member, and Disaster Management and Relief Program Director, Thaddeus Hicks has been invited to present at The Federal Emergency Management Agency Higher Education Conference.  This annual conference is a time for Emergency Management Programs from all over the world and abroad to come together to discuss the status of Emergency Management Higher Education. 

Prof. Hicks will be discussing the topic, Managing Compassion Fatigue in Emergency Responders, at the Fourteenth Annual Conference, which will be held June 6-9, 2011, at the Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Hicks stated, "This presentation is based on work that we are doing right here in Circleville at the University." 

Compassion Fatigue is a very important issue in the Emergency Management field.   As the next generation of Emergency Managers is trained and sent out from Ohio Christian University and other schools around the country, they need to be ready to deal with the stress and dangers they will face as they spend their lives serving and assisting others.  Compassion Fatigue or secondary traumatic stress disorder is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time.  It is common among individuals that work directly with victims of disaster and trauma.

Those working and involved in the disaster field operate in environments that can impose high stress.  Hicks stated, "This course was developed as a requirement within the Disaster Management Degree at Ohio Christian University, and OCU is one of the few universities offering this type of course."  Hicks added, "This is an important issue and a real need for future emergency managers.  This invitation to present at the FEMA conference is another confirmation that we are doing something right here at Ohio Christian University."