November 7th, 2016
Syed Arshad Husain is a child psychiatrist known worldwide for his work with children living in war zones and disaster areas. Since 1994, Dr. Husain and his trauma team at the University of Missouri–Columbia have visited 80 disaster areas and war zones in 18 different countries and trained over 6,000 teachers, psychologists, and volunteers to help traumatized children and their families. He founded the International Center for Psychosocial Trauma at the University of Missouri, and counseling centers in Bosnia, Kosovo, and an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan. He has published scientific articles in major peer-reviewed journals in the U.S. and Canada, and has written five books including Hope for the Children: Lessons from Bosnia. He has received numerous awards from major professional societies including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2014 awards include the National Council for Behavioral Health Doc of the Year and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Catcher in the Rye award. He was given an Honorary Ph.D. by the University of Tuzla, Bosnia. Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Child Health at the University of Missouri–Columbia and serves as a medical director of a large behavioral health organization in Missouri.
A. Darius Husain is the Executive Director of Face to Face Academy, a charter high school in St. Paul, Minnesota whose mission is to graduate students considered most at risk for dropping out of high school. During his tenure as Executive Director, Face to Face Academy has won numerous awards for financial stability. Recently, the Minnesota Department of Education named F2F a “High Quality Charter School” for its work in graduating students and closing the achievement gap. Newsweek named F2F as one of American’s Top High Schools 2014 in the category Beating the Odds 2014 – Top Schools for Low Income Students. Mr. Husain has presented on a variety of educational topics including strategies for increasing math and reading proficiency, best fiscal practices, and addressing compassion fatigue among staff in urban schools. Concurrently, he serves as the Director of Research for the International Medical and Educational Trust in Missouri. Mr. Husain holds a B.A. in psychology with an emphasis on experiential education from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. While at St. John’s, he was a coordinator for the critical incident response team addressing the wide range of issues experienced by students exposed to traumatic events. In addition, he has completed Master’s course work in school counseling at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.