ERIC Number: EJ942277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Counseling Psychology and Large-Scale Disasters: Moving on to Action, Practice, and Research
Jacobs, Sue C.; Hoffman, Mary Ann; Leach, Mark M.; Gerstein, Lawrence H.
Counseling Psychologist, v39 n8 p1203-1211 Nov 2011
Juntunen and Parham each reacted positively with important personal reflections and/or calls to action in response to "Counseling Psychology and Large-Scale Disasters, Catastrophes, and Traumas: Opportunities for Growth." We comment on the primary themes and suggestions they raised. Since the time we were stimulated by Katrina and its aftermath and the Indian Ocean tsunami to conceptualize and bring to fruition this major contribution, large-scale disasters seemed to be happening everywhere (even to some of us personally or as responders). This underscores the need Juntunen highlighted to examine our motivations, self-care, privilege, and the long-term impact of disasters and disaster response work. Also, we agree with Parham that it makes palpable the need for counseling psychology to move beyond compassion and action by a relative few to act now, respond to, and engage in systematic action and research on large-scale disasters, through a bioecological and social justice approach.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Altruism, Emergency Programs, Counseling Psychology, Crisis Management, Caseworker Approach, Reflection, Counseling Services, Counseling Techniques, Social Action, Social Responsibility, Social Science Research, Natural Disasters, Change Strategies
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