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.

Summary and Conclusion

Summary and conclusion

on August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina made landfall near the Louisiana–Mississippi border, it exposed a large number of people to extraordinary loss and suffering. The enormous swath of physical devastation that was wreaked across the marshes of Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish to the urban communities of New Orleans and the coastal landscape of Mississippi and Alabama caused a notable change to the demographics of the Gulf Coast region.

Unlike man-made disasters such as the Oklahoma City bombing and September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, natural disasters significantly impact the infrastructure of affected communities and hamper their ability to respond effectively. Besides being one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history to date, ...

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