Disaster mental health is a growing field of practice designed to help victims and relief workers learn to effectively cope with the extreme stresses they will face in the aftermath of a disaster. The goal of disaster mental health is to prevent the development of long-term, negative psychological consequences, such as PTSD. This book assists clinicians and traumatologists in "making the bridge" between their clinical knowledge and skills and the unique, complex, chaotic, and highly political field of disaster. It combines information from a vast reservoir of prior research and literature with the authors' practical and pragmatic experience in providing disaster mental health services in a wide variety of disasters.
Both authors bring an extraordinary wealth of experience to this volume, and it shows. The text is grounded in practical science, reasonable interpretations of theoretical and scientific perspectives, and then expands to practical, practitioner-oriented guidelines and recommendations. Simply said, this is without a doubt the best book currently available on the topic of disaster mental health. It should be mandatory reading for students as well as practitioners -- George S. Everyly, Jr., Ph.D., author, A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response
Part 1: Disaster Concepts and Roles. Disasters and Human Reactions. The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Disaster. Selection, Training, and Preparation of Disaster Mental Health Workers. Part 2: Disaster Mental Health Services, Programs, and Workers. Disaster Mental Health Programs and Models of Actions. Stress Management and Prevention of Compassion Fatigue for Psychotraumatologists During Disaster. Psychological Debriefing in Large-scale Disasters. Support Groups in Disaster Mental Health Programs. Part 3: Disaster Mental Health Services in the Millennium. Case Example: The Oklahoma City Bombing. Trauma Therapies. Implications for Disaster Mental Health Services in the Millennium. Appendices.
Diane Myers, R.N., M.S.N., is currently an adjunct faculty member of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Specialized Training Institute and the International Mass Fatalities Center. She is Clinical Director of California's Central Coast Critical Incident Stress Management team, and is a national volunteer with American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services.
David F. Wee, M.S.S.W., is Program Supervisor for the City of Berkeley Crisis and Specialized Services Program and Mental Health Disaster Coordinator, City of Berkeley Mental Health, Berkeley, California.