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  NCJ Number: NCJ 205452     Find in a Library
  Title: Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Field Guide
  Document URL: PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Deborah J. DeWolfe Ph.D.
  Date Published: 2005
  Page Count: 38
  Annotation: This guide is intended for service providers and professionals in the mental health field providing the basics in responding and assisting those victims and families during the aftermath of mass violence and terrorism.
  Abstract: Human-caused events such as acts of terrorism are deliberately planned and perpetrated for many reasons. Those confronted with life threats, mass casualties, overwhelming terror, and human suffering may experience severe psychological stress and trauma. These traumatic realities also impact those responding in various capacities. This field guide provides essential information about survivors’ and family members’ reactions and needs. It describes basic helping skills with indicators for when to refer someone to a licensed mental health professional. The field guide draws from other materials and highlights practical approaches. The guide begins by presenting the key principles for mental health intervention, followed by the immediate needs of survivors and families, psychological first aid and counseling skills, when to refer survivors for mental health services, identifying populations with special needs, and stress prevention, management, and intervention. 3 Tables
  Main Term(s): Mental health services
  Index Term(s): Terrorism/Mass Violence ; Mental health ; Victim services ; Psychological evaluation ; Psychological victimization effects ; Victims of violence
  Sponsoring Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
United States of America

Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
United States of America
  Contract Number: RA00C5400A
  Publication Number: SMA 4025
  Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

SAMHSA Ctr for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
United States of America
  Type: Handbook
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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