Professor travels to aid Katrina victims

Friday, September 16, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:03 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Syed Arshad Husain, a professor of child psychiatry and child health at MU, traveled to Houston this past weekend to volunteer and observe the conditions at the city’s George R. Brown Convention Center, which is now a temporary home to as many as 5,000 Southerners rescued from the hurricane.

Husain said his main goal was to meet with Houston’s director of health to discuss the possible need for a program he created through his International Psychosocial Trauma Center called “Teachers as Therapists.” The director was enthusiastic about the proposal, which will help Houston teachers become temporary therapists for child victims and help them cope with post-traumatic feelings.

Husain said he and his trauma team of volunteers and health professionals plan to leave for Houston within the next three weeks.

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