Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Beyond Psychological First Aid

Mar 30, 2019 4:00pm ‐ Mar 30, 2019 5:00pm


Description

With the increase in disasters, mass violence, and shootings, providing effective DMH interventions is critical for counselors. However, there is scant research on what works, especially for different cultures and communities. This session, based on the presenters’ book Disaster Mental Health Counseling, will address current issues of PFA assessment, stabilization, and long-term needs. Individual and community-based counseling approaches for handling posttraumatic stress and promoting resilience, empowerment, and growth will be recommended.

  • To understand lessons learned from research, expert panels, and literature on effective disaster mental health counseling interventions.
  • To examine the efficacy of psychological first aid, family crisis counseling, and other disaster mental health counseling approaches.
  • To learn current and evolving best practices for disaster mental health counseling in different cultures and communities.

Speaker(s):

  • Jane M. Webber, PhD, Counseling Doctoral Program Coordinator/Lecturer, Kean University
  • J. Barry Mascari, EdD, Associate Professor/Chair, Counselor Education Department, Kean University

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