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.
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
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.
Chapter 14: Secondary Trauma Among Disaster Responders: The Need for Self-Care
Secondary Trauma Among Disaster Responders: The Need for Self-Care
Responding to the needs of traumatized individuals can take its toll on the psyche of mental health professionals. People who are involved in disaster-related assistance are more likely to need support (Boscarino, Figley, & Adams, 2004; Pearlman, 2005; Stamm, 1999) because as first responders they generally work long hours without breaks and have intense interactions over a protracted period with severely traumatized individuals; these activities produce many negative consequences. Listening to unrelenting stories of suffering and survivorship can be emotionally and physically depleting. In addition, observing social injustices and the institutional challenges faced by survivors can be demoralizing and disillusioning; it may sometimes trigger a responder's own personal ...