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.

Families Affected by Hurricane Katrina and Other Disasters: Learning From the Experiences of African American Survivors

Families affected by Hurricane Katrina and other disasters: Learning from the experiences of African American survivors

This chapter explores the multiple ways in which families adapt in the aftermath of a disaster. It focuses primarily on African Americans and uses Hurricane Katrina as a learning opportunity to inform future responses to African Americans and other ethnic minority families affected by disaster. To contextualize the experiences of African Americans, the chapter begins with an exploration of the role of race and racism in previous disaster responses and its impact on intervention and treatment strategies. Cultural mistrust and healthy cultural suspicion resulting from such experiences are discussed as they relate to the ...

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