Taking Charge in Troubled Times: Proceedings of the 5th Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conference

Taking Charge in Troubled Times: Proceedings of the 5th Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conference

by George W. Doherty
     
 
Recent years have seen an extraordinary number of major disasters, critical incidents and other events that have had major impacts on our world. The 2004 tsunami, hurricanes Rita and Katrina, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan affect millions of lives daily. Potential events such as
Avian Flu pandemic, global warming and the increasing threats of spreading

Overview

Recent years have seen an extraordinary number of major disasters, critical incidents and other events that have had major impacts on our world. The 2004 tsunami, hurricanes Rita and Katrina, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan affect millions of lives daily. Potential events such as
Avian Flu pandemic, global warming and the increasing threats of spreading unrest in the Middle East are concerns that weigh heavily on us all.

November 8-11, 2006, the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute held their Annual four-day Disaster Mental Health Conference. The theme of the conference was "<b>TAKING CHARGE IN TROUBLED TIMES: Response, Resilience, Recovery and Follow-up.</b>" This edition contains the major papers presented at the conference and summaries of additional presentations. They address some of the major crisis events confronting our societies in recent years, namely, large disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Rita; case studies such as Abu Ghraib, and traumatic events such as a night club suicide bombing, the role of cultural sensitivity and ethics in disaster settings, resilience, and the importance of planning, education and taking care of our first responders and
mental health professionals. An additional concern with information includes information about preparation of communities and families for deployment and return of military personnel. The importance of planning for how mental health personnel can respond in the event of an Avian Flu Pandemic is also discussed.

Presenters are drawn from researchers and responders from Wyoming, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Contributors include John Durkin, Alan L. Hensley, Thom Curtis, Patricia Justice, Richard J. Conroy, Debra Russell, Joshua Faudem, Kenneth Glass, and Tasha Graves.

The Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization

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Editorial Reviews

Reader Views - Linda Benninghoff
This compilation of 10 papers deals with people's reactions to a wide variety of disasters, including not only terror and Hurricane Katrina, but child abuse and the trauma suffered by families of service members.

In the 7th paper, "The Dissociation of Abigail," Abigail, a victim of child abuse, is "confronted with aspects of human capacity for malevolent behavior greater than the ability of the mind to comprehend." Perhaps this definition gets at the true nature of terror also. The aut

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013440128
Publisher:
Loving Healing Press
Publication date:
12/03/2011
Series:
Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conference , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
540 KB

Meet the Author

George W. Doherty has held positions as counselor/therapist, Masters Level psychologist, consultant, educator, and disaster mental health specialist and is a former U.S. Air Force Offic-er, Connally Navigator, USAF. Currently, he serves as President of O`Dochartaigh Associates, a position he has held since 1985. He is also President and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute. He has served as a Masters Psychologist for Rural Clinics Community Counseling Center (State of Nevada) in Ely, NV, an Adjunct Instructor the Univer-sity of Wyoming, an Adjunct Instructor for Northern Nevada Community College, currently an Adjunct Faculty member of Kennedy-Western University. He is a Certified Instructor, In-ternational Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), Certified WY POST Instructor. Editorial Board, PsycCRITIQUES, Level II Member of International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and. Member, Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA), Associate Member of the American Psychological Association, Life Member of the Air Force Association, Life Member of the Penn State Alumni Association. Member American Counseling Association, Life Member of the Military Officers Association of America and serves as an Alumni Admissions Volunteer with The Pennsylvania State University. He has served in the Civil Air Patrol (an Air Force Auxiliary) as a Squadron Commander, Deputy Wing Commander, Air Operations Officer and Master Observer,

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