Psychological Effects of Catastrophic Disasters: Group Approaches to Treatment

Psychological Effects of Catastrophic Disasters: Group Approaches to Treatment

by Joseph Rose, Henry I Spitz, Leon Schein, Gary Burlingame
     
 

ISBN-10: 0789018403

ISBN-13: 9780789018403

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

A thorough, user-friendly guide of basic knowledge and group interventions for psychological trauma from terrorist attacks and other catastrophic disasters

There is relatively little literature on the psychological trauma caused by catastrophic disasters, including terrorist attacks and the impending threats of terrorism. Psychological Effects of Catastrophic

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A thorough, user-friendly guide of basic knowledge and group interventions for psychological trauma from terrorist attacks and other catastrophic disasters

There is relatively little literature on the psychological trauma caused by catastrophic disasters, including terrorist attacks and the impending threats of terrorism. Psychological Effects of Catastrophic Disasters: Group Approaches to Treatment fills that gap by comprehensively discussing ways to minimize the psychological damage resulting from catastrophic disasters as well as the trauma developed from the threat of future terrorist attacks. The book provides thorough presentations of almost manualized group methods for the prevention and treatment of the acute and longer-term psychological effects for children, adolescents, and adults.

Appropriate treatment immediately after a catastrophe can diminish harmful psychological effects, enhance an individual’s quality of life, decrease psychosomatic illnesses and the exacerbation of chronic medical conditions, increase the effective utilization of medical facilities, and decrease medical expenses. In this book, internationally renowned authorities provide practical expert suggestions and helpful examples to illustrate the interventions and provide a quick reference for professionals facing the aftermath of prospective terrorist disasters and other catastrophic events.

Psychological Effects of Catastrophic Disasters: Group Approaches to Treatment is divided into four sections. The first section provides an overview of the book; the second discusses the foundations and broad issues which potentially affect the outcome of group treatment; the third section presents group models which address the particular needs of children, adolescents, parents, emergency service personnel, and mental health practitioners; and the fourth part considers future directions of treatment. Designed to be used as a comprehensive single source for professionals working with victims of trauma caused by terrorism or catastrophic disaster, this book can be read and used in its entirety, or specific chapters detailing treatments can be chosen and used independently as needed. Extensive references allow opportunities for further research.

Psychological Effects of Catastrophic Disasters: Group Approaches to Treatment presents unique first-person accounts of September 11th and examines:

  • the neurobiological effects of a traumatic disaster
  • the effective use of psychotropic medication
  • the implications of living with ongoing terrorist threats
  • a new framework for preparedness and response to disasters and trauma for children and families
  • cultural, religious, and ethnic differences related to the prevention and treatment of psychological sequelae
  • the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic grief
  • retraumatization, distressing reminders, and their effects on post-traumatic adjustment
  • the knowledge trauma therapists need to integrate small group principles
  • the diagnosis and group treatment of acute and long-term effects with adults and children
  • the use of spiritual principles after a terrorist disaster or catastrophic event
  • nine types of groups appropriate for specific populations
Psychological Effects of Catastrophic Disasters: Group Approaches to Treatment is a timely, comprehensive reference for social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, health professionals, mental health professionals, educators, and students.

The royalties from this book shall be donated to organizations which provide direct services to those who continue to be affected by the events of September 11th, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina (August 29th, 2005).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789018403
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Haworth Series in Family and Consumer Issues in Health Series
Pages:
970
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Trauma, terror, and fear : mental health professionals respond to the impact of 9/11 - an overview3
Ch. 2Images of trauma : the aftermath of terrorism and disasters19
Ch. 3Mental health issues and implications of living under ongoing terrorist threats33
Ch. 4Neurobiology of trauma61
Ch. 5Children and families : a new framework for preparedness and response to danger, terrorism, and trauma83
Ch. 6Traumatic reactions to terrorism : the individual and collective experience113
Ch. 7Clinical issues in the psychopharmacology of PTSD155
Ch. 8Respecting cultural, religious, and ethnic differences in the prevention and treatment of psychological sequelae203
Ch. 9Contextual influences on posttraumatic adjustment : retraumatization and the roles of revictimization, posttraumatic adversities, and distressing reminders235
Ch. 10The syndrome of traumatic grief and its treatment287
Ch. 11Spirituality in the face of terrorist disasters335
Ch. 12Integrating small-group process principles into trauma-focused group psychotherapy : what should a group trauma therapist know?385
Ch. 13Critical incident stress management in terrorist events and disasters425
Ch. 14Group intervention for the prevention and treatment of acute initial stress reactions in civilians481
Ch. 15Present-centered supporting group therapy for trauma survivors505
Ch. 16Cognitive-behavioral groups for traumatically bereaved children and their parents581
Ch. 17Combining cognitive processing therapy with panic exposure and management techniques629
Ch. 18Trauma/grief-focused group psychotherapy with adolescents669
Ch. 19Trauma-focus group therapy : an evidence-based group approach to trauma with adults731
Ch. 20Psychodynamic group treatment787
Ch. 21Groups for mental health professionals working with survivors841
Ch. 22Future directions879

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