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Field Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters


Description

This field manual provides specific and practical suggestions for mental health workers and other human service providers who assist survivors following a disaster.

Topics addressed in this guide include:

  • Introduction
  • Key concepts of disaster mental health
  • Survivors' needs and reactions
  • Disaster counseling skills
    • Establishing rapport
    • Active listening
    • Some dos and don'ts
    • Problem solving
    • A word of caution
    • Confidentiality
  • When to refer for mental health services
  • Potential risk groups
    • Age groups
    • Cultural and ethnic groups
    • People with serious and persistent mental illness
    • People in group facilities
    • Human service and disaster relief workers
  • Stress prevention management
    • Organizational approaches
    • Individual approaches

Developer

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (U.S.)

Funding Sources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (U.S.)


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History

  • Release Date: 01/2000
  • Original Summary: 10/2005
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Last updated: September 12, 2012.