Hall Center For The Humanities


Nancy Rich
Certified Trauma Specialist

Nancy Rich, Crisis Intervention
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Fri., Feb. 7, 2014, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts

Crisis is a normal reaction to an event that is perceived as threatening and overwhelming.  This thought-provoking presentation will address the definition of crisis, factors that contribute to making a situation a crisis, the physical and psychological changes when one has perceived the situation as a crisis, the positive possibilities of crisis, and some helpful responses to a person in crisis.  There are some exciting and promising developments in the field that will be discussed.  This will be an example-laden presentation presented with optimism, good will, and humor.

Nancy Rich is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Trauma Specialist with 39 years of experience in the Emergency Mental Health field.  She was the Director of Trauma Management Consultants, a firm that responds to businesses after a critical incident.  Nancy has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally on first responder stress, behavioral emergencies, crisis intervention, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, emotional response to terrorism and disaster psychology.

Nancy has appeared on NBC's TODAY show, as an expert in mass psychic trauma; has consulted with Tipper Gore following the deaths of fourteen firefighters; and the Office of the Emir of Kuwait following the Gulf War.  She has worked on hundreds of critical incidents including the Oklahoma City bombing, Hurricane Katrina, the shootings at Columbine High School, and 9/11.


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