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.

The Spiritual Dimensions of Caring for People Affected by Disasters

The spiritual dimensions of caring for people affected by disasters

The spiritual responses to trauma closely resemble psychological responses and may be effectively addressed in a counseling relationship. Spirituality has traditionally been a source of support for people who seek to make meaning of their lives and as a coping mechanism for those who feel estranged from the core aspects of their lives. The spiritual dimensions of coping have been a long-standing interest of psychiatry, social work, psychology, pastoral care, and counseling. In Care of Mind, Care of Spirit, Gerald May (1982), a psychiatrist and spiritual director, advanced the imperative to respond to both the mental health and spiritual needs of clients while honoring the distinction ...

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