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6 Sadly,  the  events  of  Sep- tember   11th   were   far   more reaching and devastating than the 1993 bombing. As much as we wanted to mobilize our- selves and go to Ground Zero and  help,  we  couldn’t.  Not only because there was no ac- cess to the site, but also be- cause our immediate priorities were to take care of our em- ployees and consultants who lost  friends  and  family.  On September 12th and 13th, we convened at our Comprehen- sive   Network   headquarters and had open forums to discuss our fears and concerns and watch a videotape of the Feeling Safe Again™ seminar we had featured in 1993. We listened to the survivors of the first WTC attacks, including a young bond trader who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. He described in great detail his grueling descent through  104  flights  of  darkness  and  smoke-  filled  stairwell.  (This  young  man  was featured in our 1993 newsletter and we were overjoyed to contact him and learn that he had only  recently  changed  jobs  to  another  firm  a block  away.  Although  he  personally  escaped and is now the proud father of two children, he mourns  the  death  of  scores  of  friends  and colleagues.) Our  Comprehensive  administrative  staff took the first steps toward healing and taking control. Some volunteered at the site to help distribute food and equipment to fire fighters and rescue workers. We set up our own col- lection drive for the American Red Cross and communicated with our consultants by email, phone and fax to ascertain the status of fam- ily members and provide support. As  Dr.  Geliebter  states  in  his  letter  on page 2, “Our collective sense of reality and definition of normalcy has changed.” In other words, we are all experiencing post-traumatic stress in the aftermath of 9.11, whether  we  were  right  there  at  the  World  Trade  Center  or  the  Pentagon  when  it happened or if we just watched the news and the television portrayals of what happened – over and over. Our world does not seem as safe as it seemed before. Addressing these profound changes requires more than a few onsite seminars. Inter- vention must be made available on a continued and ongoing basis. Using what we learned from the 1993 seminars as a basis and paying attention to the way the world is responding to 9.11, we are developing several Feeling Safe Again™ programs geared toward varying populations to help us all move forward in this brave new world. Stress Management workshops, Parent Trainings, Teacher Trainings and Consultation and Counseling for children are available under Project SERV. LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD Cont. from page 1 Maria Jimenez, our translations coordinator, helping distribute food and equipment at Ground Zero As  our  nation  continues  dealing  with  the trauma of September 11th, we recognize the in- creasing need for culturally sensitive programs to address both the causes and effects of the event. BiNet SM, Inc., a participating agency of Com- prehensive Network, Inc., is under contract with the New York City Board of Education to create an interdisciplinary, experiential, progressive cur- riculum,  entitled  the  Comprehensive  Applied Multicultural Program SM (CAMP SM), to address the diverse needs of New York City’s multi-ethnic students.    In  the  tragedy’s  aftermath,  CAMP SM aims  to  increase  and  provide  tolerance  aware- ness, an appreciation for diversity, activism and social  justice  by  implementing  multicultural awareness educational programs and workshops geared  at  school  administration,  staff,  students and parents. BiNet SM has  worked  extensively  with  the NYC  public  schools.      BiNet’s  CAMP SM is  cur- rently available to New York City public schools and school districts with staff development train- ing, parenting workshops and student-based in- struction.    Under  a  separate  NYC  Board  of Education  contract,  BiNet’s  professionals  have been  providing  counseling  services  for  school children, a large number of whom were trauma- tized by the events of September 11th. For more information about staff development workshops, seminars and mentoring programs for students, call (718) 339-3379/9700, ext 232. Beth Friedlander has a  Masters in Education from Harvard University and has taught Humanities utilizing a multicultural approach. Ms. Friedlander is currently pursuing an MSW at NYU. NEW CURRICULUM IN CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE AFTERMATH OF 9.11 By Beth Friedlander, Ed. M. terviewers themselves did not make it out of the building  in  time.    Jeff,  like  many  others,  is having difficulties reconciling his own good for- tune with the many tragedies of September 11. Susan’s day was just one version of the events of that  day.  In  January,  Susan  and  her  husband moved to New Jersey, to be closer to her family. We miss Susan’s presence and voice at the front desk, but are overjoyed that she can spend more time with her son, daughter-in-law and grand- daughter,  Brianna.    We  wish  her  many  many happy  endings  and  many  new  happy  begin- nings. JUST ONE MORE STORY Cont. from page 5