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Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters

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ISBN-10: 0231148216

ISBN-13: 9780231148214

Edition: 2012

Authors: Joshua L. Miller

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Disaster responders treat more than just the immediate emotional and psychological trauma of victims: they empower individuals and families to heal themselves long into a disaster's aftermath. This requires rebuilding the ability of survivors to meet their emotional and psychological needs, not only for themselves but also for others, and necessitates a careful consideration of survivors' social, economic, and political realities so healing and recovery can outlast the reverberations of disaster.This comprehensive book integrates Western mental health approaches and international models of psychosocial capacity building within a social ecology framework, providing practitioners and volunteers with a blueprint for individual, family, group, and community interventions. Joshua Miller focuses on a range of disasters, both large and small, involving natural, technological, and other complex factors at local, regional, national, and international levels. Case studies from throughout the world explore the social, psychological, economic, political, and cultural issues affecting various reactions to disaster, such as how an individual, family, or community may interpret its meaning, and illustrate the importance of drawing on local cultural practices to promote empowerment and resiliency. Miller encourages developing people's capacity to direct their own recovery, using a social ecology framework to conceptualize disasters and their consequences. He also explains how to identify sources of vulnerability and support individual, family, and community resiliency; adapt and implement traditional disaster mental health interventions in different contexts; use groups and activities to facilitate recovery as part of a larger strategy of psychosocial capacity building; and foster collective grieving and memorializing. Geared toward modern audiences, Miller's text examines the unique dynamics of intergroup conflict and the relationship between psychosocial healing, social justice, and peace and reconciliation. Each chapter ends with a mindfulness exercise and recommendations for practitioner self-care.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

List of Boxes, Figures, Tables, and Appendices
The Social Ecology of Disasters
Responding to Disasters: The Field of Disaster Mental Health and the Role of Helping Professionals
Conceptualizing Disasters
The Phenomenology of Disasters: The Impact on Individuals, Families, and Communities
Sources of Resiliency
Vulnerable Populations: Risk, Resiliency, and How to Help
Discourses of Disaster Response and Recovery
Psychosocial Capacity Building
The Use of Groups and Activities
Responding to Disasters Caused by Intergroup Conflict
Collective Memorializing
Disaster Distress and Self-Care