Do you find research in the fields of psychological crisis intervention and disaster mental health confusing? Well, it is! But just because it’s confusing doesn’t mean it’s not important… it’s critical in policy formation, program development, and practical application. This practical guide to understanding research relevant to CISM is essential reading for anyone working in any aspect of emergency mental health and disaster response.
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How do we know what we think we know? We usually base our opinions and even our practices upon conclusions reached through research. Far too often, however, we blindly accept the conclusions of researchers and verbal pundits without critically examining the bases for their conclusions. The fields of psychological crisis intervention and disaster mental health suffer from a lack of research, poorly executed research, and erroneous conclusions. This is a disaster in itself as it can lead to inappropriate conclusions and unwarranted reactions, policies, and programs. This book attempts to cut through the “smoke and mirrors” of urban legend surrounding the fields of psychological crisis intervention and disaster mental health and give to the reader an objective view of the science and research supporting these efforts. Comprehensive reviews of CISD, CISM, psychological first aid, and other interventions are provided. Readers can then reach their own informed decisions.
About the Author:
George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, CCISM is an award-winning author and researcher. In 2016, he was ranked #1 published author in the world by PubMed PubReMiner in the field of crisis intervention. He holds appointments as Professor in the Department of International Health (affiliated) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Associate Professor (part time) in Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Professor of Psychology at Loyola University in Maryland (core faculty). He is considered one of the founding fathers of the field of disaster mental health. He was a co-founder of the Dept of Psychiatry at Union Memorial Hospital and served on the management committee 12 years. In addition, he has served on the adjunct faculty of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the FBI’s National Academy at Quantico, Virginia, and ATF’s Peer Support Team. He is an advisor to the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong. Dr. Everly is co-founder of, and serves as a non-governmental representative to the United Nations for, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, a non-profit United Nations-affiliated public health and safety organization. He was Senior Advisor on Research in the Office of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Everly was a Harvard Scholar, visiting in psychology, Harvard University; a Visiting Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Chief Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Johns Hopkins Homewood Hospital Center.