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#1 CJ Caufield, CCISM, BCCC, CEDP, FAAETS 2020-04-07 18:53
Dear Colleague,

Academy member Dr. Fabiana Franco and her colleague, Dr. Marcia Nickow, are offering weekly online crisis intervention and support/educational groups for physicians, nurses, healthcare workers and others on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York. The group will be held Sundays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm EST and at this time is limited to those persons in New York. This service is being offered at no charge. Dr. Franco's bio can be viewed below.

Both Drs. Franco and Nickow are veteran psychologists and trauma specialists. They will provide a safe space to process the collective trauma, workplace experiences, personal and family crises and compassion fatigue and discuss self-care strategies.

The flyer that includes details regarding this group can be accessed by clicking here. To register, please have the interested individuals complete the consent/disclaimer that can be accessed by clicking here. After completing it, please have them email it to and . Once they are registered, they will receive a link to Zoom to join the group. Dr. Franco and Dr. Nickow are solely responsible for the services they provide.

The Academy is asking if other members would be willing to offer these types of groups for frontline workers and first responders in other areas of the country. If you would like to do so, please click here, complete the application and submit it to the Academy offices. The Academy in turn will send the information out to its members and its associated networks. Please only complete this form if you have knowledge, experience, education and training providing such services.

Thank you Drs. Franco and Nickow for your willingness to provide these much needed services.

Please all stay safe during this difficult time.

Brad Lindell, Ph.D.
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Annmarie Arleo
Director of Operations
Membership Specialist

Dr. Fabiana Franco's Bio

Dr. Fabiana Franco is a clinical psychologist in New York City and former Clinical Professor of Psychology at The George Washington University. Dr. Franco is certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional and holds Level II Certification in Complex Trauma from the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Dr. Franco is the Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group on Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In addition to performing academic research on trauma, she is a topic expert with Psych Central Pro, Find a Psychologist, and GoodTherapy.org.

Dr. Franco works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. She speaks and conducts therapy sessions in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. She specializes in trauma and also provides therapy for comorbid diagnoses including but not limited to anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.

Dr. Franco provides a relaxed, warm, compassionate, and open-minded environment, online and in person, where clients work through their struggles and challenges to enhance their quality of life.

More information about Dr. Franco is available on drfabianafranco.com.


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