Q&A: Trauma in the Aftermath of the Marshall Fire
"The Marshall fire that devastated Boulder County on Dec. 30, 2021, qualifies as the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, surpassing the East Troublesome fire only a year earlier. In the matter of just a few hours, high winds swept the grass fire through the towns of Superior and Louisville, resulting in the destruction of more than 1,000 homes. Those families now face the daunting process of rebuilding their lives, while hundreds more are returning to homes severely damaged by smoke and water.
The Trauma & Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC) in the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology provides psychological support to individuals and communities confronting trauma. Gwen Mitchell is co-director of the program and has extensive experience working in the area of global mental health and humanitarian aid. She answered some questions for the DU Newsroom regarding the trauma Colorado communities are facing in the aftermath of the Marshall fire."
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