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.

Ignore the Dead: We Want the Living

Ignore the dead: We want the living

Oh, freedom! Oh, freedom!

Oh, freedom over me!

And before I'd be a slave,

I'll be buried in my grave,

And go home to my Lord and be free.

—Traditional Spiritual

One of the distinguishing aspects of New Orleans culture is the jazz funeral. Few cities bury their dead in the high style of this southern city, where a funeral can last a week and feature jazz bands and parades, which draw bigger crowds than weddings. The funeral is a major celebration with roots that have been passed down from Africa. After Africans were brought to America as slaves, providing a proper burial for those who passed away was important for surviving family members and friends who mourned ...

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