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The Legacy of 9/11: How Do We Ever Recover from Grief?
Each year, September 11th marks a solemn anniversary, when our nation remembers and honors the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. More than two decades later, it’s still a difficult and emotional day, as families and communities continue to grieve losses that have changed our lives forever. In today’s episode, we talk with two grief recovery experts, Vicki Ellner, a long-time patient advocate and nurse, and Bill Solz, a veteran social worker the director of Stress Solutions of New York. Vicki and Bill will provide a broad understanding of the various dimensions of grief, its relationship to trauma and stress, and how it shapes our response to tragic events. They will talk about how we can come to terms with deep losses in our lives, process our emotions and experiences, and move forward with renewed purpose and meaning.
Bill Solz has been the director of Stress Solutions of New York, now located in Melville, Long Island, for the past 37 years. He is a licensed clinical social worker and credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor who was recognized by the National Association of Social Work’s “Social Worker of the Year for Nassau County for 2013.” He is also certified in both anger management and domestic violence. He works with children, adolescents, and their families, specializing in promoting stress reduction, addressing addictions, trauma, and parenting concerns. Bill utilizes several different treatment modalities to afford his clients quick symptom relief and comprehensive healing, among them Havening and the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy. He also offers court-approved programs in terms of DWI, anger management, and domestic violence. In addition, he is an advanced certified grief recovery specialist and leads a support group that also incorporates a treatment component as well. During the course of his career, Bill was a former school social worker of 26 years in both public and parochial school settings, as well as an adjunct professor at Adelphi University’s School of Social Work. Prior to those positions, he worked as a teacher and childcare worker.
Vicki Ellner is the Founder of Door to Door Doc, a company that provides physician house calls, medical care management, and patient advocacy. She is also currently also the Outreach & Government Affairs Consultant for Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, an award-winning Elder Law firm. During her wide-ranging career, Vicki has developed extensive experience in marketing, community outreach, business development, and government affairs in the healthcare, eldercare and elder law arenas. Trained as a nurse, she soon found her vocation as a tireless advocate for the disabled and the elderly. She is recognized as an authority on navigating the healthcare/eldercare maze and is often invited to speak by business groups and nonprofits in the New York metropolitan area. Vicki was asked to serve as a Committee Co-Chair for newly elected Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the area of aging issues. In addition to establishing the Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn, she is a founding member of the Health and Business Alliance, a Queens-based action oriented professional association that pools resources from the business, not-for-profit and healthcare communities to create projects and educational events that enhance local services and improve local business practices. Vicki is also a founding member of the Independent Business Women’s Circle, a Long Island networking group for entrepreneurial and business women. She has been honored by the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with a Leadership Award; chosen as a “Top Women in Business” by the Queens Courier; and honored by the Federation of Organizations with the “Inspiration Award.”
Vicki Ellner: firstname.lastname@example.org
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