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       On behalf of the Florida Psychological Association (FPA), we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the victims and loved ones affected by the Jacksonville Landing shooting.  Unfortunately, we are learning about another mass shooting.  Recently, there was a gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, where a gunman opened fired leading to multiple fatalities and injured individuals. When mass shootings occur, various people are affected, including the victims, families, friends, and community.  Additionally, some news reports indicate that the event was live streamed, indicating others heard the screaming and the chaotic scene that erupted, which can lead to trauma for those watching the event as well.

            At the Florida Psychological Association, we strive to provide resources to assist others in the emotional healing that occurs after a tragic incident such as this mass shooting.  Many people, whether people attending at this event, watching online, learning of the event through the news, or loved ones of the victims will have questions and emotions that linger over the upcoming weeks and months.  It is normal to have feelings of anger, sadness, confusion, numbness, and/or disbelief over time.  Remember, people process grief in different ways.  The most important thing at this time is to recognize if you or someone you know may need to seek help to process this occurrence. 

            If you begin to observe difficulties, it would be important to seek the assistance of a professional who is trained and can assist in determining the appropriate next step.  The Florida Psychological Association has many resources to help and assist in what to do in the aftermath of this shooting.  For more information please either visit: Flapsych.com/disasterdistress, call us at 850-656-2222, or contact a psychologist who is a member of the Florida Psychological Association.

            Some people have experienced overwhelming feelings related to learning about the details of mass shootings through the media.  The American Psychological Association offers the following advice below related to coping with tragic and heartbreaking news (learn more at apa.org):

 

Take care of yourself

Talking about and experiencing difficult news and tragedies can be exhausting. Don’t forget to take care of yourself:

·      Turn off the news.

·      Take a break.

·      Engage in physical activity.

·      Do something that will lift your spirits and those of your family.


Discounted Registration for FPA Members to

Psychologist Self-Care and Renewal Webinar

On September 12 at 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET, Dr. Norcross will present a webinar on Psychologist Self-Care and Renewal as part of the National Register’s Clinical Webinar Series. Dr. Norcross will focus on 13 self-care strategies for psychologists and other practitioners. He will also discuss ethical guidelines regarding the importance of self-care. Find out more.

FPA members receive $10 (please contact Central Office for code). Click here to reserve your spot: bit.ly/SelfCareFPA


           

 

           

The Trust Insurance offers On-Demand CE credits for members and non-members of FPA. 6 Ethics credits for $175. Check out the other credits you can earn by clicking here.
 


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