Emergency Management Alum and current Pickaway County Deputy Emergency Management Director, Dustin Hube and OCU, Emergency Management Program Director, Dr. Thad Hicks presented Secondary Trauma Among First Responder at the Ohio Emergency Management Association Winter Conference at the Mohican State Park Lodge in Perrysville Ohio.
Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional distress that results when an individual hears about the trauma experiences of another. Its symptoms mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals affected by secondary trauma may find themselves re-experiencing personal trauma. Emergency Managers experience this at a higher rate than many other professions based on their constant interaction with those who are suffering.
OCU offers a course on secondary trauma within the Emergency Management program. Dustin Hube commented “Graduates from our program leave OCU with a deep understanding of the issues surrounding secondary trauma.”
The Emergency Management 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. OCU’s Emergency & Disaster Management students will be equipped to serve humanity at all stages of the Emergency Management cycle.