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Webinar 2019-09-26

During this webinar, counselor educators who responded to mass shootings will share their experiences and recommendations for other current and future counselors. While participating in this panel discussion, they will describe the crisis response efforts that occurred in the immediate aftermath of these tragedies. The panelists will also share their insights about services that can help victims in the weeks following a mass shooting or other traumatic incident.

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When: Thursday, September 26, 2019
4:00-5:00 PM EDT
Where: Online
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Responding to a Mass Shooting in Your Community: Best Practices for Professional Counselors

Gerard Lawson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Mark Newmeyer, Ed.D., LPCC-S (OH), LPC (VA)
John R. (Jack) Culbreth, Ph.D., NCC, MAC, ACS, NC-LPCS, NC-LCAS, CCS
John T. Super, Ph.D., NCC, LMFT

Thursday, September 26, 2019
4:00-5:00 PM EDT

During this webinar, counselor educators who responded to the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, Virginia Beach, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Orlando’s Pulse nightclub will share their experiences and recommendations for other current and future counselors. While participating in this panel discussion, they will describe the crisis response efforts that occurred in the immediate aftermath of these tragedies. The panelists will also share their insights about services that can help victims in the weeks following a mass shooting or other traumatic incident. Finally, they will discuss their own reactions, both as a person and as a professional counselor, to these mass shootings, and they will share how they monitored their own responses and engaged in self-care.

Participants will learn:

1. How experienced professional counselors responded to mass shootings in their own communities.
2. The qualifications and training that are recommended for counselors interested in serving as first responders.
3. Best practices for working with victims both in the immediate aftermath and in the following weeks
4. Strategies to care for yourself as you cope with the aftermath of a mass shooting or other tragedy.


Gerard Lawson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is a Professor in the School of Education at Virginia Tech, and a Past-President of the American Counseling Association, having served in that office from July 2017-June 2018.  He is also past-president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and past-president of the Virginia Counselors Association. Dr. Lawson has been a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross since 2001, and has supported numerous national, state, and local disasters.

Dr. Lawson was instrumental in helping to coordinate the counseling response to the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, and he is the author of Virginia Tech’s Disaster Behavioral Health Plan. He has helped many institutions prepare for crisis response, and works frequently with counselors who have responded, providing debriefing and supportive services. His focus is on building resilience in the individuals (including counselors) and communities that are affected by disasters. His published work includes articles exploring the experiences of professional counselors and clinicians in the aftermath of natural disasters such as the Gulf Coast hurricanes Katrina and Rita and traumatic events such as the shootings at Virginia Tech. He was the chair of the ACA Taskforce on Crisis Response Planning.


Mark Newmeyer, Ed.D., LPCC-S (OH), LPC (VA) completed a masters in community counseling from Kent State University and a doctorate in counselor education & supervision from University of Cincinnati.  He is a licensed counselor in Virginia and Ohio.  In addition to over ten years in academia, Dr. Newmeyer has 25+ years in the counseling field that include working with the needle exchange programs in Baltimore, MD; consultation/liaison work in a large urban hospital, outpatient mental health and substance abuse services, and consulting work with the military.  

On May 31st of this year he arrived at the scene of the Virginia Beach shooting just a few hours after the horrific event and among other things helped organize mental health services at the memorial site, not far from the the municipal building where the shootings occurred.  He has just relocated to Columbus, Ohio with his daughter and wife.


John R. (Jack) Culbreth, Ph.D., NCC, MAC, ACS, NC-LPCS, NC-LCAS, CCS is a professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC). Earlier this year on April 30, a mass shooting occurred on campus at UNCC.  Dr. Culbreth’s research and training interests are in the areas clinical supervision, ethical issues in counseling, and the development of new and experienced clinical supervisors.  His clinical experience includes work in treatment settings as a mental health counselor, chemical dependency treatment counselor, substance abuse prevention counselor, and in the school setting as a student assistance program coordinator and intervention counselor.  

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Culbreth maintains a small counseling and supervision private practice.  He served on the CACREP Board of Directors from 2002-2008, served as chair of the Board from 2005-2008, and has served as a member of the ACA Governing Council.  He is an active member in the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counseling, and CACREP.


John T. Super, Ph.D., NCC, LMFT is a Lecturer at the University of Central Florida in the College of Community Innovation and Education and in the Counselor Education Program. He teaches counseling classes in trauma and crisis counseling, theory, family theory and practice, human sexuality in mental health, practicum and supervision for marriage, couples and family counselors in their clinical experiences.  He was also involved the counseling response during the aftermath of the Pulse attack in Orlando.

He earned his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and his master’s degrees in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling from the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Super is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He specializes in working with individuals with a variety of issues, often centering on issues with the client’s sexuality or grief, and couples that have been impacted by relational distress.

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