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George Doherty resides in Laramie, WY where he founded the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute, Inc. He is currently employed as the President/CEO of this organization and also serves as Clinical Coordinator of the Snowy Range Critical Incident Stress Management Team.
He has been involved with disaster relief since 1995, serving as a Disaster Mental Health Specialist with such incidents as the UP train wreck in Laramie, Hurricane Fran in North Carolina, the Cincinnati floods in Falmouth, KY and Tropical Storm Allison in Southeast Texas. He served as Supervisor for Disaster Mental Health for flash floods in Ft. Collins, and spent a month as the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Coordinator for western Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane George.
He has also published numerous articles in disaster mental health and traumatic stress publications and served as Guest Editor for 2 Special Editions of the journal Traumatology (1999 & 2004).
He served as an officer in the US Air Force and was an OTS instructor, squadron commander and other positions. Additionally, he served 11 years involved in Air Search & Rescue with Civil Air Patrol in WY as Squadron Commander, Deputy Wing Commander, Air Operations Officer, and Master Observer. Certified Instructor with the Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).
He has extensive experience conducting CISM debriefings with first responders and others and is a member of a national crisis care network, providing assistance to companies and other organizations following critical incidents involving sudden deaths and similar traumatic events.
He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice and has been an adjunct instructor for a number of colleges, including Northern Nevada Community College and the University of Wyoming. Organizational memberships include the American Counseling Association, Voting Associate Member of the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AETS), Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS), Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA), Certificate of Specialized Training in the field of Mass Disaster and Terrorism, Wyoming Department of Health Hospital Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee; Research Advisor and Research Fellow: American Biographical Institute (ABI), Editorial Advisory Board Member and Book Reviewer: PsyCritiques (APA Journal), Life Member of the Air Force Association, and Life Member of the Military Officers Association of America, Life Member: Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association, Alumni Admissions Volunteer - Pennsylvania State University.
Publications include: Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction.; Editor and contributor for the Proceedings of Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conferences (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). Served as Guest Editor for Special issues of the journal Traumatology on Disaster Mental Health (1999) and Crises in Rural America (2004); Cross-cultural Counseling in Disaster Settings. - Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies (1999). Published reviews include: Understanding Oslo in Troubled Times; Responders to September 11, 2001: Counseling: Innovative Responses to 9/11 Firefighters, Families, and Communities; Genocide: A Human Condition?; Stress Management, Wellness and Organizational Health; Leadership Competency and Conflict; Leadership: Lessons from the Ancient World - all in PsyCritiques. Conference Director for annual Rocky Mountain Disaster Mental Health Conferences 1999 -present.
Additional past positions include: Masters Level Psychologist - Rural Clinics (State of Nevada), 1980 - 1986; Veterans Counselor (VA Contract) - 1980-1986, NV; Counselor - pre-delinquent children and families - CORA Services (Philadelphia, PA).1972-1975; Program Coordinator - Community Action Programs (EOAC, Office of Economic Opportunity - Waco/McLennan County, TX) 1968-1971.
Current Courses/Workshops he teaches include:
CRISIS INTERVENTION IN DISASTERS: TRAINING FOR WORKERS - AN INTRODUCTION - 12 CEU
CISM: INDIVIDUAL CRISIS INTERVENTION AND PEER SUPPORT CISM: GROUP CRISIS INTERVENTION
CISM: ADVANCED GROUP CRISIS INTERVENTION
CISM: Strategic Response to Crisis (Capstone Course)
* NEW: RETURN TO EQUILIBRIUM: Disaster Mental Health- 4 CEU
* NEW: RETURN TO EQUILIBRIUM: Returning Military And Families - 8 CEU
* From Crisis to Recovery:Strategic Planning for Response, Resilience and Recovery - 12 CEU
Mailing Address: Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute
Laramie, WY 82073-0786