This hand book is meant for trainers and disaster managers to develop psychosocial services to help people to cope with the emotional effects of disasters.
Psychosocial intervention has become a valued dimension of immediate and long-term disaster response. Psychological recovery is recognized as a focus for relief efforts, along with repairing homes and rebuilding bridges. As public mental health services are primarily limited to serving those with serious and persistent mental illnesses, and the affected survivors requiring attention far outnumbered the available mental health personnel, there is a need to train a special group in dealing with the general population who were struggling to cope with loss, disruption, and, in some cases, tragedy.
The concept of Community Counselors was developed by the Academy for Disaster Management Education, Planning & Training (ADEPT) as a potential tool for dealing with the complex task of identifying those displaying the effects of psychological trauma from within the community, taking into account the needs of special groups such as children and the elderly, and providing "psychological first-aid" and counsel to them at the community level in a culturally appropriate manner. The community counselor concept, overcomes the geographic and resource hurdle by training members from the affected community to identify and counsel those suffering from psychological trauma within that community. These same counselors can then be utilized to help the community to regain their socioeconomic independence.
|Sub-format||Book (>30 pages)|
|Number of pages/running time||126p.|
|reading level||Educational (post-secondary reading level)|