Pine Rest Sends a Team of Clinicians to Las Vegas to Help Trauma Victims Amid Tragic Shooting

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services PAX Crisis Response sent a team of nine mental health clinicians to assist local authorities and treat trauma victims of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The team left Grand Rapids today, October 3, 2017. Six are from Grand Rapids and three clinicians are from the Pine Rest outpatient clinics located in Iowa.

“We will join a larger team of consultants serving many companies representing a variety of industries impacted by this horrific event such as healthcare, gaming, hospitality, pharmaceutical and other businesses that had employees as casualties,” says Bob VandePol, MSW, Executive Director of Pine Rest PAX Crisis Response. “Our assignments include consulting with business leaders regarding how to compassionately address the personal devastation their employees faced while also facilitating their resilience capabilities to return to work as well as on-site support for those employees when they returned to their job-site.”

The Pine Rest clinicians are specially trained in helping victims of traumatic situations get the social, emotional, medical, and psychological assistance they need to recover from their experience.

The Pine Rest PAX Crisis Response team is a team of mental health professionals who are available to respond to crisis and provide information and mental health support to people whose lives have been affected by a traumatic event (also called critical incidents).

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