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.

Older Adults and Natural Disasters: Lessons Learned From Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Older adults and natural disasters: Lessons learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

People are living longer today than ever before. By the year 2030, one fifth of the U.S. population is expected to be 65 years of age and older. Persons 85 years of age and older, often called the “oldest-old,” are of particular concern, because they comprise the fastest growing segment of the population with the greatest health care needs (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, 2007). The growing proportion of older adults in today's society brings many issues and challenges for individuals, families, and society as a whole, which may become magnified in times of crisis. When a ...

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