Episode 4 - Trauma and Disaster: Helping Teens Manage the Impact of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has had a tremendous impact on countless families up and down the east coast of the United States. Such an event can leave even the most well-informed parent with questions and concerns. What is the potential impact of natural disasters and other traumas on teenagers? What can parents do to help mitigate the impact of Hurricane Sandy? What is an expected reaction to such extreme events, and what kinds of reactions indicate a need for professional intervention? For answers to these and other related questions, listen to this episode to hear the insight and expertise of Dr. Nerina Garcia-Arcement, an expert in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Nerina Garcia-Arcement is a licensed clinical psychologist at Williamsburg Therapy and Wellness in Brooklyn, NY and clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center. She earned a BA in Psychology from Stanford University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. Dr. Garcia-Arcement trained and conducted clinical research at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Garcia-Arcement worked at Bellevue Hospital’s World Trade Center Environmental Health Center (WTC EHC) Mental Health Program with individuals affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Dr. Garcia-Arcement specializes in working with individuals dealing with life transitions, stress, anxiety and depression. She uses a combination of cognitive behavior therapy and insight oriented techniques to help patients.

Originally aired on November 13, 2012 on VoiceAmerica Radio.