Disaster Mental Health Case Studies: Lessons Learned from Counseling in Chaos

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James Halpern, Amy Nitza, Karla Vermeulen
Routledge, Feb 18, 2019 - Psychology - 202 pages

Disaster Mental Health Case Studies is a riveting collection of case studies by master clinicians that reveal how disaster mental health interventions must be tailored to meet the needs of survivors. Each unique case study is structured to give the reader an introduction to the community affected pre-disaster; a glimpse into the thought processes of the disaster mental health responders pre- and post-disaster; and a reflective selection of lessons learned as a result of the experiences. The 17 case studies offer the reader:

  • Guidance on how to develop an empathic approach to disaster mental health response;
  • Exposure to a diverse sample of disaster contexts, including naturally-occurring disasters, human-caused disasters, and disasters which occurred in an international setting;
  • An understanding of the strategic approaches needed for disaster mental health service response, as well as an appreciation of the need for self-care when responding;
  • A grounded and accessible writing style, bookended by chapters from the editors which thematically link and analyze the case studies.

Offering a rare and compelling view into the challenges, tragedies, pain, frustrations, and grief at the heart of disaster mental health work, this must-have collection is tailored to appeal to students of mental health and counseling, psychology, and social work; and working mental health professionals who would like to learn directly from experienced responders.

 

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Contents

About the Editors
List of Contributors
Introduction
GERALD MCCLEERY
MARGARET MCGEESMITH
MARTIN
DIANE RYAN
HumanCaused Disasters Section Introduction
JOHN R TASSEY
WAYNE F DAILEY
STEVEN N MOSKOWITZ
ERIKA FELIX
TARA S HUGHES
SECTION III
JOSEPH O PREWITT DIAZ
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James Halpern, PhD, is Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is co-author of Disaster Mental Health Interventions: Core Principles and Practices and Disaster Mental Health: Theory and Practice.

Amy Nitza, PhD, is the Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Karla Vermeulen, PhD, is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health and an Associate Professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is co-author of Disaster Mental Health Interventions: Core Principles and Practices.

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