Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Disaster Distress, Suicide Assessment and the SPRINT E: A Free Two Day Training

In January 2015, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) will launch a new Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Response Plan designed to compensate clinicians on a ‘fee-for-service’ basis to serve families and first responders impacted by the 2013 Marathon Boston Bombings. To help launch this new initiative, MOVA is sponsoring a free, two-day training for Behavioral Health Clinicians (including LMHC, LCSW, FMT, PhD, PsyD, MD) December 13 & 14th, 2014.  Participation in the training will help ensure clinician eligibility to participate in the Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Response Plan. All clinicians willing to serve this victim population, who are scattered across the state, are invited to attend.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post Disaster Distress
Dr. Jessica Hamblen, the Deputy Director for Education at the National Center for PTSD, along with her colleagues, will lead an intensive two day training which will focus on addressing the behavioral health aftermath of human-caused violence using real life examples related to the Boston Marathon bombing. Dr. Hamblen is the principal author of a 12-session cognitive behavioral intervention for post-disaster distress that has been used following national and international disasters including the attack on World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina.

Basic Suicide Assessment and Use of the “Sprint E” Diagnostic Tool
Dr. April Naturale, the architect of MOVA’s Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Response Plan, will lead two short training modules: Administration of the SPRINT E (a disaster-specific diagnostic tool) and Basic Suicide Assessment.

For additional information, please click here pdf format of Post Disaster Distress CBT Training 

Date/Time: December 13 & 14, 2014 (9am-5pm)
To register: Please visit
Location: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology One Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459.  For directions, please visit
Cost: Free (Normally $750) Certification of Participation Available
For additional information: Please contact Susan Vickers at

Registration is limited to 40-50 participants.  Free parking is available; all facilities are handicap accessible. Complimentary coffee, tea, and water will be provided. Participants are invited to bring their own lunch and refreshments on-site

Mental Health Services

This list below represents the immediately identified programs that may be available to assist victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. VOCA services are provided free of charge. Eligibility for services is determined by the identified program. This list may not be all inclusive of available services and is current as of 4/30/13. We will revise the list as additional services are identified. Should you have questions about the programs please feel free to contact MOVA at 617-586-1340 and ask for Stacy Corin or Ellen Nieman.

Listing of free mental health services pdf format of Resource List as of June 21, 2013

Mental Health Services Outside of Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance has contacts across the country that disseminates Victim of Crime Act Funding which funds free services to victims of crime. For referrals to those agencies, please contact The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance at (617) 586-1340 or

The FBI has FBI Victim Specialists all over the country that can also provide you with information and referrals in your area. To access those specialists, please call 1-800-331-0075.