Katie Amatruda, MFT, EMT, BCETS

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Emergency Medical Technician
  • CA-6 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) Member, Mental Health Specialist
  • Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress - Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • Red Cross Disaster Service Mental Health Lead and Disaster Action Team and DSHR member

Katie Amatruda, LMFT, CST-T, BCETS, EMT-B, DMAT, is a dynamic, nationally known speaker. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 29 years, she is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress - Diplomat, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and a teaching member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She is an Emergency Medical Technician, a member of CA–6 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and a Red Cross Disaster Service Mental Health volunteer, and has responded to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and Florida Groundhog Day Tornadoes, as well as to local fires and floods with her local Red Cross, as a Disaster Action Team Leader. She went to Sri Lanka with the Association for Play Therapy and OperationUSA to work with children post-tsunami. She served in American Samoa following the tsunami, and was in Haiti, responding to the devastating 2010 earthquake, within 72 hours. She responds at Critical Incidents and conducts CISD, CISM and Sudden loss and groups.

Katie Amatruda has lectured internationally and teaches in the Extended Education departments at U.C. Berkeley and Sonoma State University. She is the author of A Field Guide to Disaster Mental Health: The Very Big Wave and the Mean Old Storm; School Shootings: 'Red flags' for assessment, detection, and signs of school violence; HIV: The Storm;Psyche & Soma Trauma, Terror and Treatment; and Painted Ponies: Bipolar Disorder in Children, Adolescents and Adults, as well as numerous journal articles and chapters. Her work with trauma is featured in the DVD Trauma Treatment - September 11 - One Year Later, an hour interview with Frontiers TV in Brooklyn, NY, and her work with children with cancer is shown in the DVD Sandplay Therapy and the Liminal World. She has produced a series of powerful lecture/music/PowerPoint presentations on disaster response, including: The Very Big Wave and the Mean Old Storm; Trauma, Terror and Treatment: A Field Guide to Disaster Mental Health; Tsunami; and Welcome to Chaos: Rules for Disaster Mental Health Responders.

Her most recent publications include “Haiti: Deploying with a Disaster Medical Assistance Team,” in THE THERAPIST, Volume 22, Issue 4, July/August 2010. (http://www.kateamatruda.com/CAMFT_Haiti.pdf)

“Want to go to exotic (and sometimes not so exotic) places? Become a Disaster Mental Health Volunteer with the Red Cross!” PLAY THERAPY MAGAZINE, Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2010. http://www.kateamatruda.com/APT_Red_Cross_article_09_10.pdf)

“May the Force Be With You -- Oh...You are the Force!” in THE CA-6 CHRONICLES, Vol. 10, No. 1 - August, 2010 (http://www.ca6dmat.org/newsletter/2010/8/1/mental-health.html)


Workshops, Presentations and Seminar Topics

Children in a Disaster - Mental Health Triage and Treatment

Children in a Disaster - Responder Reactions and Self-care
Psychological First Aid

Working with Death, Dying and Expectant Populations in a Disaster

Haiti - Triage, Treatment and Psychological Force Protection

Working with Patients with Mental Illnesses in a Disaster

Working with Special Needs Populations in a Disaster

Impact of extreme fatigue, weather exposure, hunger, or sleep deprivation on Disaster Survivors and Responders

Psychology of the Disaster Responder

The Very Big Wave and the Mean Old Storm

Disaster Mental Health work with children in Sri Lanka, after the Tsunami, and after Hurricane Katrina; lecture and PowerPoint

Trauma, Terror and Treatment: A Field Guide to Disaster Mental Health

A full day workshop on Disaster Mental Health, including September 11, Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, Groundhog Day Tornadoes. Concepts of Psychological First Aid

Tsunami! Cultural Competency in Disaster Relief

School Shootings: 'Red flags' for assessment, detection, and signs of school violence

Welcome to Chaos: Rules for Disaster Mental Health Responders

Full of humor, a "been there" guide to preparing to go to a disaster, and what to expect once you are there

Trauma and Illness

Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, and Family Work with families in which a child or parent has a catastrophic illness

Following is a list of organizations with whom Kate Amatruda has interviewed, consulted or trained:

CA–6 Disaster Medical Assistance Team

Marin Medical Reserve Corps

Cavalcade Films

The Very Big Wave and the Mean Old Storm: ARCBA Red Cross

Welcome to Chaos: Disaster Mental Health: New Mexico Play Therapists

Behavioral Emergencies: Emergency Medical Technician Course - College of Marin

Working with Children and Families: International Congress of Victimology, Lucca, Italy

International Society for Sandplay Therapy, London

University of California, Berkeley: School of Extended Education

University of California, Berkeley: Department of Social Welfare

University of California, San Diego: School of Extended Education

Institute of Noetic Sciences, San Rafael, Petaluma

Sandplay Therapists of America: Washington, California and Texas, Minnesota, Hawaii, New Mexico and Massachusetts

Children's Hospital Medical Center, Oakland

Solano County Department of Mental Health, Vallejo

Family Service Agency, San Rafael

Numerous Treatment Centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hawaii, New Mexico





Katie Amatruda
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