June 10 2008
Continuing Education Announces Summer Workshop on Crisis Management
Communities deal with emergencies and disasters on a regular basis. Many
communities have recently experienced natural disasters like tornadoes,
hurricanes, or floods. Some communities have managed crises arising from
large-scale criminal acts that affect our safety and security, such as
September 11 or the sniper in Washington, D.C. How can communities be better
prepared to respond when the time comes and also bounce back from tragedy
when it does occur?
This workshop examines how the idea of resilience can support a community's
ability to deal with crises and disasters when they occur. Resilience
suggests a degree of preparedness or capacity that minimizes negative
consequences or long-term effects. A number of factors that contribute to
resiliency will be discussed, along with ways to strengthen awareness
efforts, leadership, planning activities, and resource allocation.
Workshop facilitators will discuss actual case studies and help participants
examine their own community's immediate concerns with an eye towards
identifying appropriate strategies and actions to increase resilience.
This workshop is designed to provide information and resources to
individuals in crisis management roles in our governmental agencies, police
and fire departments, and emergency management operations.
Jane Kushma, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Emergency Management at
Jacksonville State University. Dr. Kushma has been teaching emergency
management at the college level for nearly fifteen years. She has a Ph.D.
in Urban Policy and Public Administration from the University of Texas at
Arlington and also a master's degree in social work from the University of
Pittsburgh. Her research areas are disasters and public policy, vulnerable
populations, and volunteer management.
Before joining academia, Dr. Kushma spent many years with the American Red
Cross national headquarters where she led the organization's catastrophic
disaster planning efforts and served on many large disaster relief
operations. She has also served as a consultant to the FEMA Recovery
Division, National VOAD, and Alabama Emergency Management Agency.
Nancy Mellen, M.A., is an Instructor with the Jacksonville State University
Department of Criminal Justice. Mrs. Mellen holds a bachelor's degree in
psychology and a master's degree in clinical psychology. She has experience
as both a Psychological Examiner with the Arkansas Department of
Rehabilitation and as a Clinical Supervisor with the Arkansas Department of
The registration fee is a nominal amount so that everyone can afford to
attend. For one participant, the cost is $15.00; for two or more from the
same organization, the fee is $10.00 each. There is an additional $5.00 fee
for each continuing education certificate.
For additional information, or to register by phone, contact:
Jacksonville State University
Office of Continuing Education
Phone: (256) 782-5918
Fax: (256) 782-5983
You can now register and pay on-line at www.coned.jsu.edu.
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