ERIC Number: ED459382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Field Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters.
DeWolfe, Deborah J.
This field manual is intended for mental health workers and other human service providers who assist survivors following a disaster. It provides the basics of disaster mental health, with both specific and practical suggestions for workers. Essential information is included about disaster survivors' reactions and needs such as dealing with grief; anxiety over safety for themselves and others; eating and sleeping problems; and the need to talk over the events. Helping skills are described with guidance for when to refer survivors on for further professional assistance. Specific information is provided on how to assist potential risk groups such as children; older adults; people with mental disorders; people in group facilities; and different cultural and ethic groups. The material in this manual is condensed from material contained in the Training and Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters, Second Edition. (JDM)
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Crisis Intervention, Emergency Programs, Human Services, Individual Needs, Mental Health Workers, National Programs, Natural Disasters, Terrorism, Training Methods
Center for Mental Health Services, National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network, P.O. Box 42490, Washington, DC 20015. Tel: 800-789-2647 (Toll Free); Tel: 301-443-9006 (TTY); Fax: 301-984-8796; Web site: http://www.mentalhealth.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.
Note: Edited by Diana Nordboe. For the Training Manual, see CG 031 422.