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Interventions Following Mass Violence and Disasters: Strategies for Mental Health Practice / Edition 1

Interventions Following Mass Violence and Disasters: Strategies for Mental Health Practice / Edition 1


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ISBN-13: 9781593855895
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/25/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH, is Psychiatry Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General. Her assignments and other missions have taken her to Korea, Somalia, Iraq, Israel, and Vietnam. An internationally recognized expert, Dr. Ritchie brings a unique public health approach to the management of disaster and combat mental health issues. She has published numerous articles on forensic, disaster, and military operational psychiatry.

Patricia J. Watson, PhD, is an Educational Specialist, National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School. At the National Center for PTSD, she collaborates with other national agencies and subject-matter experts to create publications for public and mental health interventions following large-scale terrorism, disasters, and pandemic flu. Special areas of professional interest include science-to-service interventions in disaster/terrorism events, early intervention treatments for trauma, the effects of childhood trauma on adult coping and development, trauma in children and adolescents, the interface between disability/injury and quality of life, and growth aspects of trauma.

Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD, is Executive Director, National Center for PTSD, and Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Dartmouth Medical School. He has worked as a clinician and researcher for 30 years, and has published 15 books and over 140 chapters and scientific articles on stress and PTSD, biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and clinical outcome studies on depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and chemical dependency. Listed in The Best Doctors in America, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, which awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award; and Chair of the scientific advisory board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. Overview, Matthew J. Friedman, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, and Patricia J. Watson

2. Models of Early Intervention Following Mass Violence and Other Trauma, Josef I. Ruzek

II. Preparation, Training, and Needs Assessment

3. Improving Resilience Trajectories Following Mass Violence and Disaster, Patricia J. Watson, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, James Demer, Paul Bartone, and Betty J. Pfefferbaum

4. Disaster Mental Health Training: Guidelines, Considerations, and Recommendations, Bruce H. Young, Josef I. Ruzek, Marlene Wong, Mark S. Salzer, and April J. Naturale

5. Immediate Needs Assessment Following Catastrophic Disaster Incidents, Anthony H. Speier

III. Mental Health Interventions

6. Interventions for Traumatic Stress: Theoretical Basis, Arieh Y. Shalev

7. The Context of Providing Immediate Postevent Intervention, Roderick J. Ørner, Adrian T. Kent, Betty J. Pfefferbaum, Beverley Raphael, and Patricia J. Watson

8. The Immediate Response to Disaster: Guidelines for Adult Psychological First Aid, Bruce H. Young

9. Intermediate Interventions, Richard A. Bryant and Brett T. Litz

10. Longer-Term Mental Health Interventions for Adults Following Disasters and Mass Violence, Beverley Raphael and Sally Wooding

11. Consultation to Groups, Organizations, and Communities, James E. McCarroll and Robert J. Ursano

12. On a Road Paved with Good Intentions, You Still Need a Compass: Monitoring and Evaluating Disaster Mental Health Services, Craig S. Rosen, Helena E. Young, and Fran H. Norris

IV. Specific Situations and Populations

13. Interventions for Children and Adolescents Following Disasters, Judith A. Cohen, Anthony P. Mannarino, Laura E. Gibson, Stephen J. Cozza, Melissa J. Brymer, and Laura Murray

14. Rapid Development of Family Assistance Centers: Lessons Learned Following the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, Gregory A. Leskin, William J. Huleatt, Jack Herrmann, Lisa R. LaDue, and Fred D. Gusman

15. Psychiatric Intervention for Medical and Surgical Patients Following Traumatic Injuries, Harold J. Wain, Geoffrey G. Grammer, John Stasinos, and Catherine M. DeBoer

16. Mitigation of Psychological Effects of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Ross H. Pastel and Elspeth Cameron Ritchie

17. Promoting Disaster Recovery in Ethnic-Minority Individuals and Communities, Fran H. Norris and Margarita Alegría

18. Toward Understanding and Creating Systems of Postdisaster Care: A Case Study of New York's Response to the World Trade Center Disaster, Fran H. Norris, Jessica L. Hamblen, Patricia J. Watson, Josef I. Ruzek, Laura E. Gibson, Betty J. Pfefferbaum, Jennifer L. Price, Susan P. Stevens, Bruce H. Young, and Matthew J. Friedman

19. Outreach Strategies: An Experiential Description of the Outreach Methodologies Used in the September 11 Disaster Response in New York, April J. Naturale

V. Creating an Agenda for the Future

20. Conducting Research on Mental Health Interventions, Brett T. Litz and Laura E. Gibson

21. Mental Health and Behavioral Interventions for Victims of Disasters and Mass Violence: Caring, Planning, and Needs, Robert J. Ursano and Matthew J. Friedman


Clinicians and researchers working with trauma survivors; students in clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, and related fields. Also of interest to policymakers and public health officials. May serve as a text in graduate-level courses or residency programs.

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This is an excellent resource for mental health professionals involved in planning and providing informed responses to the emotional sequelae of mass violence and disasters. The clinical guidelines for provision of care to victims have been helpful to me as a member of our hospital's emergency preparedness committee. The identification of :special populations" and their needs was useful as was the attention to cultural sensitivity. I originally planned to skip reading Section V,"Creating an Agenda for the Future" as I am not a researcher. I'm glad I didn't. I found it very thought provoking, particularly in terms of the need for collaboration among planners, clinicians, and researchers to study our responses and determine what works and what doesn't, based on empirical evidence rather than assumptions.