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 Community-Based Approach to Coping with Crises in Africa

A community-based approach to coping with crises in Africa

The focus of this chapter is to describe the crises and traumas faced by cross-cultural workers in an international setting, to identify the resilience factors that help them to cope, and to review a community-based approach that proactively addresses the skills and strengths needed to adapt and cope. Challenges and benefits of doing this kind of work are discussed. The writer specifically focuses on Africa, because she has lived and worked there as a clinical psychologist on a multidisciplinary team, providing training and crisis response for cross-cultural workers since 2000.


  • Explains the unique aspects of trauma and grief responses in African cultures;
  • Identifies ways that cross-cultural workers can effectively ...

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