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.

Hurricane Katrina: What Went Wrong?

Hurricane Katrina: What went wrong?

Several different explanations about the causes and consequences of Hurricane Katrina have surfaced since it barraged the Gulf Coast and New Orleans in particular in August 2005. Some people consider the disaster a natural one and therefore unavoidable. Others believe that the disaster was caused through human error; it could have been less fatal if the faulty and weakened levees surrounding the city of New Orleans had been repaired and evacuation orders mandated before the storm made landfall.

Another explanation attributes the consequences of the storm to progressive and cumulative environmental neglect and/or not restoring and appropriately protecting the swamps, marshes, and barrier islands along the Gulf Coast with vegetation that could have buffered the vulnerable coastline ...

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