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.

Children and Crises

Children and crises

Crises have been a part of the human experience since the beginning of recorded history. However, in recent years, crisis incidents have become increasingly more violent and intentional, while natural disasters have also increased. “The frequency of recorded natural disasters has been rising rapidly,” according to the International Council for Science (Agence France-Presse, 2005, p. 1), but so have terrorism, arson, school-related violence (increases internationally, decreases nationally; National School Safety Center, n.d.), and workplace violence. Children are frequently caught in the crossfire of these events and due to their developmental level are often less equipped to cope with the negative consequences that these incidents generate.

The goal of this chapter is to increase recognition of crisis signs, methods of treatment, particular ...

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