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Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience: Integrated Care In Disaster Relief Work
Brenner, Grant H., Daniel H. Bush and Joshua Moses (Eds)
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 2009-10-01 / 0789034557
Critical Incident Stress (CISD) / Social Work
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264 pages
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Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience: Integrating Care in Disaster Relief Work explores the interface between spiritual and psychological care in the context of disaster recovery work, drawing upon recent disasters including but not limited to, the experiences of September 11, 2001. Each of the three sections that make up the book is structured around the cycle of disaster response and focuses on the relevant phase of disaster recovery work. In each section, selected topics combining spiritual and mental health factors are examined; when possible, sections are cowritten by a spiritual care provider and a mental health care provider with appropriate expertise. Existing interdisciplinary collaborations, creative partnerships, gaps in care, and needed interdisciplinary work are identified and addressed, making this book both a useful reference for theory and an invaluable hands-on resource.


An original and notable contribution to the field of disaster studies. The focus on facilitating the essential collaborative partnerships between mental health and spiritual care providers could not be more timely or more valuable. -James Halpern, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Counseling, Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health, State University of New York at New Paltz.
Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience is a well-researched work validated by the extensive practical experience of the contributing authors. This publication will be useful in a practical way to professionals working with trauma survivors who have experienced great emotional and spiritual upheaval in their lives as a result of catastrophic and life threatening events. The authors show a clear understanding of the importance of restoring resilience through both spiritual and psychological support. -William W. Sage, The KonTerra Group, Washington, DC, New York, and Geneva


Part I: Foundational Considerations for Effective Collaboration. Brenner, Fundamentals of Collaboration. Moses, An Anthropologist Among Disaster Caregivers. Buechler, Disaster Relief: Emotional Values. Covello, Principles of Risk Communication. Pandya, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Postdisaster Interdisciplinary Collaborations. Harris, Thornton, Engdahl, The Psychospiritual Impact of Disaster: An Overview. Part II: Collaboration in Action: Tensions, Challenges, and Opportunities. Daniels, Collaborating With a Community College in Post-Katrina New Orleans: Organizational and Personal Reflections. Jarry, Working as an Ally to Underserved Communities: The Role of Faith, Coordination, and Partnerships in Response to the 2001 World Trade Center Attack. Smith, Taylor, Larkin, North, Ryan, Holmes, On Reentering the Chapel: Models for Collaborations Between Psychiatrists, Communities of Faith, and Faith-Based Providers After Hurricane Katrina. Gensler, Collaboration in Working With Children Affected by Diaster. Berliner, Ryan, Taylor, Making Referrals: Effective Collaboration Between Mental Health and Spiritual Care Practitioners. Shah, "To Do No Harm" Spiritual Care and Ethnomedical Competence: Four Cases of Psychosocial Trauma Recovery for the 2004 Tsunami and 2005 Earthquake in South Asia. Part III: Collaboratively Nurturing Resilience After Catastrophic Trauma. Ellison, Katz, Rituals, Routines, and Resilience. Danieli, Fundamentals of Working with (Re)traumatized Populations. Wyatt, Reaching Out to Create Moments of Communal Healing: Personal Reflections From the Edge of the 9/11 Abyss. Milstein, Manierre, Normative and Diagnostic Reactions to Disaster: Clergy and Clinician Collaboration to Facilitate a Continuum of Care.

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