Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Event Details

Coping After the Flood: A Community Forum

Date: May 26, 2010

Time: 6:00PM to 7:30PM

Location: Room 241 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/MRL Building


A natural disaster, like the floods that struck Nashville in May, leaves in its wake not only destruction of homes and possessions but disruption of lives in multiple ways. Everyone feels the stress of grieving for and replacing what was lost and trying to re-establish the structure and comfort of daily routines. Understanding what has happened and coping with stress affects us all but may be particularly distressing to children or adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities. This Community Forum offers an opportunity to learn how others have managed following a natural disaster and to learn about community resources that can help you and your family cope and promote good mental health despite these difficult circumstances.

Lessons Learned

Terry Long, Susan Huskey, and Beth Huskey will share their experiences coping with the loss of their home destroyed by one of the tornadoes that struck Murfreesboro last year. Terry Long and Susan Huskey are both in special education, Long with the Division of Special Education in the Tennessee Department of Education, and Huskey as a teacher in special education. Their daughter Beth has Down syndrome.

Community Resources and Questions/Answers
Panelists will include:

Moderator: Elise McMillan, J.D., Co-Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

  • Linda Ashford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Developmental Medicine and Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Bruce Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Program Director, Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Clinic at Vanderbilt
  • Kellye Carman, LMSW, Mental Health Clinician, Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Clinic at Vanderbilt
  • Nirupama Madduri, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Developmental Medicine
  • David McMillan, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
  • Sheila Moore, Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee

Co-sponsored by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee.

No registration is necessary.

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