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.

Key Features

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

Intended Audience

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.

A Historical Overview of Disasters and the Crisis Field

A historical overview of disasters and the crisis field

Hurricane Katrina cut a wide swath of destruction across the Gulf Coast at the end of August 2005. In the span of 5 hours, the storm devastated approximately 90,000 square miles in the Gulf Coast areas (Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi) and displaced hundreds of thousands of people, leaving much of New Orleans under water for several weeks. The reconstruction process has taken several years at an estimated cost of $81.2 billion (U.S.), making Hurricane Katrina one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. However, U.S. cities have arisen from massive devastation before; the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and Hurricane Andrew in 1992 are a few ...

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