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.

The Federal Government in Disaster Mental Health Response: An Ever-Evolving Role

The federal government in disaster mental health response: An ever-evolving role

The unprecedented scale of destruction from the 2005 hurricane season inspired many federal agencies to find new ways to use existing authorities and resources to serve the people affected by the devastation. This assistance came in the form of direct action and indirect assistance through federal support to state and local entities. The government response, though not faultless, produced many positive outcomes and served as a catalyst for improving future responses.

The immediate federal mental health response to Hurricane Katrina was dramatic. Between September 2005 and June 2006, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and ...

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