This text provides professionals with the skills needed to effectively assist survivors of disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, with healing, recovery, and resilience. This comprehensive collection includes powerful, direct accounts of first responders and the organizations they represent. Taking a practical, skill-building approach, it offers clear and pragmatic recommendations to help providers, educators, advocates, and policymakers better understand how to meet the needs of children, families, and communities in the aftermath of disasters.
• Provides a substantial review of the current theoretical and research literature on disasters and disaster response
• Emphasizes multicultural competency in the aftereffects of disasters
• Uses a practical skill-building approach to develop competencies in crisis work
• Covers the spiritual dimensions of healing as well as funeral practices to encourage discussion on grief and mourning
This book is a must-have reference for mental health practitioners. For graduate students of counseling, psychology, or social work, Crisis and Disaster Counseling will clarify how theory and research can be applied to practice and policy.