In this episode Dr. April Naturale discussed traumatic stress helps educate and outline the natural reaction to a traumatic event. April is one of the top experts in the world on the topic of traumatic stress and she shares so much wisdom in this episode. April also talks the about the traumatic threat and impact of COVID-19. Visit SAMHSA.gov, the CDC and aprilnaturale.com for more information on the topics discussed in the show.
April Naturale, PhD, is a traumatic stress specialist with 30 years of experience as a health/mental health care administrator, and a clinician specializing in response to traumatic events. After 9/11, Dr. Naturale directed the New York State response to the World Trade Center disaster, served as project director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA DTAC), helped launch the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the BP Oil Spill Distress Helpline and the National Disaster Distress Helpline. She was the architect of the Boston Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health response and has been assisting in program development efforts and needs assessment surveys as well as victim, family and provider forums for San Bernardino, the Las Vegas Harvest Festival, Pulse Nightclub, Parkland, Thousand Oaks, Pittsburgh Tree of Life, Virginia Beach, El Paso and Highland Ranch shooting incidents. She is also currently training Psychologists in the Ukraine Military Service and Humanitarian Aid workers for the European Union.