Disaster Mental Health Interventions: Core Principles and Practices

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Routledge, Jun 26, 2017 - Psychology - 206 pages

Disaster Mental Health Interventions uses DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and the latest research to help build disaster mental health intervention skills that will last a lifetime. Students and emerging professionals across the fields of mental health counseling, social work, school counseling, spiritual care, and emergency management will appreciate the accessible tone, level of detail, and emphasis on practice. Case studies and anecdotes from experienced professionals add an additional level of depth and interest for readers.


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Describing Disasters
Typical Reactions
Psychological First
Other Actions
Disaster Loss and Grief
Extreme Reactions
Children and Families
Vulnerable Populations
Cultural Competence
Maintaining Helper Wellness and Competence
Conclusions and New Directions

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About the author (2017)

James Halpern, PhD, is Professor Emeritus and founding director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health. He has received many federal, state and United Nations grants to develop curricula and deliver trainings throughout the US and abroad.

Karla Vermeulen, PhD, is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health and an assistant professor of psychology at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she oversees an advanced certificate in trauma and disaster mental health and develops trainings for disaster responders.

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