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NCJ Number: NCJ 205451   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Training Manual
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Deborah J. DeWolfe
Corporate Author: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
United States of America
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 192
  Annotation: This training manual provides guidance for developing and implementing training that will prepare mental health and crime-victim service providers with the knowledge and skill to help victims, survivors, and the community-at-large cope with and recover from terrorist and other events that involve mass violence.
Abstract: One chapter describes the characteristics of disaster events that are likely to result in serious and long-lasting psychological effects for those impacted by it. This is followed by a chapter that describes individual and community-based mental health interventions that can assist service providers in dealing with those affected by such disasters. A third chapter provides an overview of the incident command system likely to be established in response to a disaster, along with the roles, jurisdiction, and responsibilities of the key responding organizations. The mental health response supports the primary emergency response agencies in authority. Another chapter describes sources of mental health responder stress, including environmental and individual factors. The manual then turns toward practical steps in developing a training program, including who should be involved as trainees and instructors. A chapter presents a comprehensive training course outline that contains nine modules with objectives, materials, procedures, and duration. Suggested topics include the characteristics of and psychological impact of criminal mass victimization; organizational response and mental health roles; children's and adolescents' reactions and interventions; considerations and interventions for cultural and ethnic groups; and stress prevention, management, and intervention. The concluding chapter suggests additional training needs and options. 4 figures, 5 tables, 131 references, and a list of Internet sites
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Mental health ; Victim services ; Victim medical assistance ; Mental health services ; Psychological victimization effects ; Victims of terrorism ; Emergency services training
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: RA00C5400A
Publication Number: SMA 3959
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
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Rockville, MD 20857
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material ; Curriculum
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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