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The Mindful Counselor

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Employment History

Executive Director

Connecticut Counseling Association

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American Counseling Association

Board Member
Newtown Memorial Fund Inc

Education

MS

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Trauma and Disaster Archives - Counseling Today

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Deb Del Vecchio-Scully is the clinical recovery leader of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team, formed out of a $7.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to bolster the Connecticut town's mental health recovery and community resiliency in the wake of the shooting. According to Del Vecchio-Scully, this is the first time that a DOJ grant has been awarded specifically to provide mental health services following school-based violence.

When the grant was being written, Del Vecchio-Scully says, it was nearly impossible to gauge what Newtown's needs would be in the months and years ahead. "There's no road map," she says, adding that the tragedy was unique because of the age of the children who were murdered and the impact the event had worldwide.
"What I've really come to understand about trauma is that in the aftermath of tragedy, regardless of how it happened - if it's natural tragedy, if it's violence - the reactions are extraordinarily complicated," says Del Vecchio-Scully, a member of the American Counseling Association and the executive director of the Connecticut Counseling Association, a branch of ACA.
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Counselors should think about that concept in terms of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Del Vecchio-Scully says.
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Del Vecchio-Scully also witnessed this after the school shootings in Newtown. "Communities can be overwhelmed by well-meaning helpers in the aftermath of a mass violence event, just as they are after a natural disaster," she says.
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Counselors who are interested in assisting after a tragedy should start by seeking training beforehand to become an American Red Cross disaster mental health volunteer, Del Vecchio-Scully says. Among other places, the training is offered each year at the ACA Conference & Expo.
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Although resiliency will look different for everyone in the aftermath of an event of mass violence, Del Vecchio-Scully says that counselors can foster resilience among clients by engaging in ego-strengthening exercises - namely, recognizing and honoring when they take a step forward in some way. Remind clients that simply getting up in the morning and completing a task such as attending a counseling appointment or going to work is evidence of resilience, she says.
Del Vecchio-Scully cautions, however, that when the immediate aftermath of an event of mass violence has passed, it will not be a "neat transition" from the psychological first aid stage to what survivors will need next. Counselors should be on the lookout for people who are struggling and might need mental health treatment, she says.
Trauma affects people on a number of different levels in a tragedy such as a mass shooting. The base level is personal trauma, or what the individual's own experience in the tragedy was, Del Vecchio-Scully says. There is also vicarious trauma, which usually affects helpers who are repeatedly exposed to the traumatic stories of others, she says. Secondary trauma is experienced only where primary trauma has occurred and results from being exposed to others who have been traumatized by the same event, she explains. Shared trauma affects people at the community level - for example, a teacher who works at a different school in Newtown, she says.
Complicated reactions to events of mass violence and other disasters, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complicated PTSD and traumatic grief, are sometimes missed or misdiagnosed, Del Vecchio-Scully says. Counselors working with people in the aftermath of disaster or violent tragedy need to understand that trauma is a neurobiological injury to the brain, she says. A traumatic event such as a mass shooting can affect the brain in such a way that fearful memories get stored and the fight-or-flight response gets frozen. A cascade of neurochemicals then leads to triggering, emotional flooding, avoidance and hypervigilant reactions, she says.
"The long-term impact of trauma on children is particularly concerning within the Sandy Hook community [because] the brains of those directly impacted are in their most formative stages, ages 5 to 18," Del Vecchio-Scully says. "The dysregulation of the brain due to trauma may impact brain size, brain hemisphere integration - which is important for emotional regulation - and an ability to determine cause and effect. [There is also] the impact on academic learning and performance."
Del Vecchio-Scully suggests that counselors work from a trauma-informed model, which "requires advanced training in the neuroscience of trauma and trauma-informed treatments that focus on whole-brain treatment. She says the treatments include eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, brainspotting, the emotional freedom technique, trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, somatic experiencing and trauma-informed art therapy.
"Counselors must have a basic understanding of the brain's reaction to trauma, avoid assessment/treatment that requires a client to 'retell their story,' utilize calming and soothing techniques to regulate the brain and then initiate a trauma-informed treatment approach," Del Vecchio-Scully says.
Caring for the caregivers
Most recently in Newtown, Del Vecchio-Scully has been working to provide support for the mental health clinicians in the community. She says that two and a half years after the shootings, community members affected by the tragedy are still coming to see these clinicians for the first time, which means the impact hasn't really lessened for these mental health professionals.
On top of that, the community's mental health clinicians are likely navigating multiple layers of exposure to the tragedy. For example, a counselor might be hearing clients' stories of trauma while simultaneously feeling personally connected to the trauma because their children go to school in Newtown.
Del Vecchio-Scully's team has been working to create peer support groups for the mental health clinicians working in the community. The helping professionals, who are from in and around the Newtown area, have a deep commitment to helping their community, Del Vecchio-Scully says. But clinicians in these kinds of situations can struggle to identify when they become impaired.
"If you enter into this work with an open heart, it isn't a matter of if you'll be impacted by the work but when this will occur," she says. "Self-care when responding following a mass violence or natural disaster tragedy requires the basics of adequate rest; food and drink; time off and away from the situation; good, solid support from others; [and] methods of decompressing from what has been witnessed, including supervision, which for licensed people often lapses."
In her role in Newtown, Del Vecchio-Scully participates in two peer supervision groups. It is an experience that she terms "invaluable."
"Our team has worked with nearly 400 Newtown residents since its inception in July 2014," she says.
...
Regardless of who the perpetrators of mass violence are or where these traumatic events take place, counselors need to be ready to respond, Del Vecchio-Scully says. "Following mass trauma, the community looks to counselors for support," she says.
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Deb Del Vecchio-Scully at deborahscully@ymail.com


Deb Del Vecchio-Scully is ...

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Deb Del Vecchio-Scully is the clinical recovery leader of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team, formed out of a $7.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to bolster the Connecticut town's mental health recovery and community resiliency in the wake of the shooting. According to Del Vecchio-Scully, this is the first time that a DOJ grant has been awarded specifically to provide mental health services following school-based violence.

When the grant was being written, Del Vecchio-Scully says, it was nearly impossible to gauge what Newtown's needs would be in the months and years ahead. "There's no road map," she says, adding that the tragedy was unique because of the age of the children who were murdered and the impact the event had worldwide.
"What I've really come to understand about trauma is that in the aftermath of tragedy, regardless of how it happened - if it's natural tragedy, if it's violence - the reactions are extraordinarily complicated," says Del Vecchio-Scully, a member of the American Counseling Association and the executive director of the Connecticut Counseling Association, a branch of ACA.
...
Counselors should think about that concept in terms of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Del Vecchio-Scully says.
...
Del Vecchio-Scully also witnessed this after the school shootings in Newtown. "Communities can be overwhelmed by well-meaning helpers in the aftermath of a mass violence event, just as they are after a natural disaster," she says.
...
Counselors who are interested in assisting after a tragedy should start by seeking training beforehand to become an American Red Cross disaster mental health volunteer, Del Vecchio-Scully says. Among other places, the training is offered each year at the ACA Conference & Expo.
...
Although resiliency will look different for everyone in the aftermath of an event of mass violence, Del Vecchio-Scully says that counselors can foster resilience among clients by engaging in ego-strengthening exercises - namely, recognizing and honoring when they take a step forward in some way. Remind clients that simply getting up in the morning and completing a task such as attending a counseling appointment or going to work is evidence of resilience, she says.
Del Vecchio-Scully cautions, however, that when the immediate aftermath of an event of mass violence has passed, it will not be a "neat transition" from the psychological first aid stage to what survivors will need next. Counselors should be on the lookout for people who are struggling and might need mental health treatment, she says.
Trauma affects people on a number of different levels in a tragedy such as a mass shooting. The base level is personal trauma, or what the individual's own experience in the tragedy was, Del Vecchio-Scully says. There is also vicarious trauma, which usually affects helpers who are repeatedly exposed to the traumatic stories of others, she says. Secondary trauma is experienced only where primary trauma has occurred and results from being exposed to others who have been traumatized by the same event, she explains. Shared trauma affects people at the community level - for example, a teacher who works at a different school in Newtown, she says.
Complicated reactions to events of mass violence and other disasters, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complicated PTSD and traumatic grief, are sometimes missed or misdiagnosed, Del Vecchio-Scully says. Counselors working with people in the aftermath of disaster or violent tragedy need to understand that trauma is a neurobiological injury to the brain, she says. A traumatic event such as a mass shooting can affect the brain in such a way that fearful memories get stored and the fight-or-flight response gets frozen. A cascade of neurochemicals then leads to triggering, emotional flooding, avoidance and hypervigilant reactions, she says.
"The long-term impact of trauma on children is particularly concerning within the Sandy Hook community [because] the brains of those directly impacted are in their most formative stages, ages 5 to 18," Del Vecchio-Scully says. "The dysregulation of the brain due to trauma may impact brain size, brain hemisphere integration - which is important for emotional regulation - and an ability to determine cause and effect. [There is also] the impact on academic learning and performance."
Del Vecchio-Scully suggests that counselors work from a trauma-informed model, which "requires advanced training in the neuroscience of trauma and trauma-informed treatments that focus on whole-brain treatment. She says the treatments include eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, brainspotting, the emotional freedom technique, trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, somatic experiencing and trauma-informed art therapy.
"Counselors must have a basic understanding of the brain's reaction to trauma, avoid assessment/treatment that requires a client to 'retell their story,' utilize calming and soothing techniques to regulate the brain and then initiate a trauma-informed treatment approach," Del Vecchio-Scully says.
Caring for the caregivers
Most recently in Newtown, Del Vecchio-Scully has been working to provide support for the mental health clinicians in the community. She says that two and a half years after the shootings, community members affected by the tragedy are still coming to see these clinicians for the first time, which means the impact hasn't really lessened for these mental health professionals.
On top of that, the community's mental health clinicians are likely navigating multiple layers of exposure to the tragedy. For example, a counselor might be hearing clients' stories of trauma while simultaneously feeling personally connected to the trauma because their children go to school in Newtown.
Del Vecchio-Scully's team has been working to create peer support groups for the mental health clinicians working in the community. The helping professionals, who are from in and around the Newtown area, have a deep commitment to helping their community, Del Vecchio-Scully says. But clinicians in these kinds of situations can struggle to identify when they become impaired.
"If you enter into this work with an open heart, it isn't a matter of if you'll be impacted by the work but when this will occur," she says. "Self-care when responding following a mass violence or natural disaster tragedy requires the basics of adequate rest; food and drink; time off and away from the situation; good, solid support from others; [and] methods of decompressing from what has been witnessed, including supervision, which for licensed people often lapses."
In her role in Newtown, Del Vecchio-Scully participates in two peer supervision groups. It is an experience that she terms "invaluable."
"Our team has worked with nearly 400 Newtown residents since its inception in July 2014," she says.
...
Regardless of who the perpetrators of mass violence are or where these traumatic events take place, counselors need to be ready to respond, Del Vecchio-Scully says. "Following mass trauma, the community looks to counselors for support," she says.
...
Deb Del Vecchio-Scully at deborahscully@ymail.com


ANSC Health & Wellness - Fairfield, CT - Welcome

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Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, is a licensed and nationally certified counselor who specializes in the healing of the mind, body and spirit. Her background includes specialized training in Mind-Body Medicine, Guided Imagery, with certifications in Clinical Hypnosis, Yoga Therapy, Wellness & Life Coaching and as a Reiki Master. She believes in the innate healing ability within each of us, utilizing her vast clinical experience to foster wellness and balance in the mind, body and spirit.

As the Coordinator of the Health & Wellness Center, Deb provides personalized follow-up to participants, to make recommendations and ensure everyone is receiving optimal care .


ANSC Health & Wellness - Fairfield, CT - Welcome

www.anschealthandwellness.com [cached]

Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, is a licensed and nationally certified counselor who specializes in the healing of the mind, body and spirit. Her background includes specialized training in Mind-Body Medicine, Guided Imagery, with certifications in Clinical Hypnosis, Yoga Therapy, Wellness & Life Coaching and as a Reiki Master. She believes in the innate healing ability within each of us, utilizing her vast clinical experience to foster wellness and balance in the mind, body and spirit.

As the Coordinator of the Health & Wellness Center, Deb provides personalized follow-up to participants, to make recommendations and ensure everyone is receiving optimal care .


Fairfield Doctor - Associated Neurologists of Southern Connecticut, P.C., - Associated Neurologists of Southern Connecticut, P.C.,

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Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, MS, LPC, NCC

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Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, MS, LPC, NCC Licensed Professional Counselor

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