Disaster Spiritual Care Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy

ISBN-10: 159473240X

ISBN-13: 9781594732409

Edition: 2008

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This first-of-its-kind, innovative, practical resource integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the unique challenges of disaster response on community, regional and national levels. This vital reference draws from the wisdom and experience of contributors from many faith traditionsChristianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and more. It is the definitive handbook for counseling not only the victims of disaster but also the clergy and caregivers who are called to service in the wake of crisis. Exploring how spiritual care changes following a disaster, and including a comprehensive explanation of a disasters lifecycle, this handbook offers the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills from the best disaster response texts, research and concepts. Topics include: Defining Disaster and Its Impact on the Community Congregational and Community Work in Small, Regional and National Disasters Recognizing Coping MechanismsHealthy and Unhealthywithin Your Congregation and Community Building Response Organizations Prior to Disaster Cultural and Religious Considerations in Disaster Response Clergy and Compassion Fatigue
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List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: LongHill Partners, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

Imam Ummi Nur Allene Ali is CEO and president of Malik Shabazz Human Rights Institute; a United Nations nongovernment representative for the African Committee on Health and Human Rights; a member of the African Woman Alliance NGO; a member of the Partnership of Faith of New York City; a member of the Woman Planning Committee, Auburn Theological Seminary; a member of the Clergy Advisory Committee for Organ/Tissue Transplant Network; a committee member of the Interfaith Advisory Council, Auburn Theological Seminary; and served as a Red Cross chaplain at Ground Zero, New York City.

Chaplain Therese M. Becker, MA, MDiv , is the manager of Spiritual Care Services at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, California. She is a (joyful) Jew by choice. Her interest in disaster spiritual care began when she was doing her theological studies in earthquake country twenty years ago. A certified chaplain, she has worked in community hospitals and trauma centers. Previously, she was a machinist for United Airlines and a welfare worker in Manhattan. She was the first chaplain formally deployed by the American Red Cross to a train crash in Bourbonnais, Illinois, in March 1999. For her, disaster chaplaincy is an honoring of God in the stranger, the ger , which also means "convert."

Rev. David Billings, DMin , has been an antiracist trainer and organizer with The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond since 1983. After thirty-five years in New Orleans, he moved to New York City in the fall of 2004 to work with The People's Institute's New York office. In the fall of 2006 he was appointed the Pauline Falk Chair on Community, Race, and Mental Health with the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services. Rev. Billings is an ordained United Methodist minister. He also is a historian with a special interest in the history of race and racism. Over the years, Rev. Billings's organizing work has been cited for many awards, such as the Westchester County chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Public Citizen of the Year; the New Orleans Pax Christi Bread and Roses Award; the Loyola University of New Orleans Homeless and Hunger Award; and the National Alliance against Racist Oppression's Angela Davis Award for community service.

Disasters and Spiritual Care
Disaster Spiritual Care Wisdom Sayings and Insights
The Life Cycle of a Disaster
The Life Cycle of a Disaster
Self-Care-Not an Option
Pre-disaster Phase-No One Is an Island: How to Prepare Your Congregation and Congregants through Cooperation, Collaboration, and Community
Impact and Heroic Phases-Small Disaster: What Do I Do Now? Congregational and Community Work
Impact and Heroic Phases-Large Regional and National Disasters: What Do I Do Now? Congregational and Community Work
Impact and Heroic Phases: Disaster Chaplains and Chaplaincy
Spiritual First Aid
From Honeymoon to Disillusionment to Reconstruction: Recognizing Healthy and Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms and Encouraging Resiliency
From Honeymoon to Disillusionment to Reconstruction: Pastoral Counseling-Thinking Outside the Box
From Honeymoon to Disillusionment to Reconstruction: Working with Outside Groups to Help Rebuild a Community
Anniversaries, Holidays, and other Reminders
Memorial Services, Site Visits, and Other Rituals
Special Needs
Compassion Fatigue
Cultural and Religious Considerations
Attending to the Dead: Morgues, Body Identification, Accompanying and Blessing the Dead
Working with Children and Adolescents after a Disaster
The Work and Role of the College Chaplain Following a Disaster or Traumatic Event
Working with the Elderly after a Disaster
Working with Police, Firefighters, and Other Uniformed Personnel
Resources in a Disaster: Accessing Them for the Congregation and Congregants-Suggestions on Ways for a Congregation to Get Involved That Strengthen It, Not Destroy It
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