Reminiscences of Nina K. Thomas : oral history, 2002.
|Creator: ||Thomas, Nina Kaufman, 1945-||Project: ||September 11, 2001 response and recovery oral history project. |
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|Phys. Desc. :||transcript: 52 p. sound recordings: 2 sound cassettes (124 min.)|
|Location: ||Columbia Center for Oral History|
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Mental Health Worker.
Scope and Contents
Born and raised in New York; education: bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1962, Columbia University Ph.D., postdoctoral psychoanalytic training at New York University; early life; reminiscence of the civil rights movement, voter registrations, member of SNCC [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee]; career: speech writer for World Airlines, job at NBC [National Broadcasting Company], work in film and television, gender discrimination on job, graduate work, truth commission work, involvement in War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague; September 11th: television coverage, confusion, problems with telephone communication; Red Cross: volunteering, triage, counseling, crisis intervention, challenges to work, staff; post-9/11: ground zero, Brooklyn Navy Yard deployment center, acrid smell of air, burning eyes and throat; American Group Psychotherapy Association: grant from New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund, direct services to victims of 9/11, challenges and successes in transforming professional to outreach organization, needs assessment and consultations, staff support to service agencies, challenging inhibitions to accessing mental health services; trauma: therapy, effect on therapist, training, acute symptom treatment, area/sense of safety, breathing techniques, patient agency, role of prior traumatic experience, defining post-traumatic stress disorder, on-going stressors, symptomatology, nightmares, importance of sustaining communities, New York University postdoctoral pilot project with the fire department, patient authority; counseling: Western psychology in non-Western context, Western bias toward pathologizing patients, treatment of firefighting community with symptoms including--substance abuse, marital discord, guilt, and anger, challenges of working in male enclave.
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