Item description for Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction by George W. Doherty...
This book provides information about training for mental health professionals and first responders who work with victims of disaster related stress and trauma. It helps prepare them to relate with disaster victims and co-workers. Warning signs and symptoms are explored together with stages, strategies and interventions for recovery.
The book will introduce you to disasters, the community response, the roles of first responders, Disaster Mental Health Services and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) responders and teams. It provides a brief overview of these and their roles in responding to the needs of both victims and disaster workers. The role of CISM is presented and discussed both for disasters and other critical incidents. This includes discussion about war, terrorism and follow-up responses by mental health professionals. The book is designed to help readers identify appropriate methods for activating Disaster Mental Health Crisis Intervention Teams for disaster mental health services for victims, co-workers, and self.
The content includes general theory and models of Disaster Mental Health, CISM, crisis intervention techniques commonly used in these situations, supportive research, and practice of approaches used in responding to the victims, workers and communities affected by disasters, critical incidents and terrorism threats and events.
What People are Saying About Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers
"Provides a breadth and depth of knowledge as well as practical tools for beginner to expert. Should be required reading for all disaster responders, and, especially, mental health professionals considering disaster work." -Bruce L. Andrews, MS, LPC (ARC Disaster Mental Provider/Instructor)
"This text serves as a wonderful adjunct and lead into the discipline of CISM. It provides a brief survey of disaster mental health and disaster mental health services." -Thomas Mitchell, LPC
Rocky Mountain Disaster Mental Health Institute Press
"Learning from the past and planning for the future"
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.7" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 16, 2007
Publisher Rocky Mountain DMH Institute Press
ISBN 1932690425 ISBN13 9781932690422
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Reviews - What do customers think about Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction?
Disasters happen - and someone has to be there to help the victims. May 6, 2008
Disasters happen - and someone has to be there to help the victims. "Crisis Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction" discusses training practices for mental health professional whose task it is to assist victims of disaster-related stress and trauma, giving advice and tips about dealing with various disasters whether they be the product of man or nature. "Crisis Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction" is recommended to anyone whose career may take them into this type of profession and for any community library social science shelf.
Setting the stage Apr 21, 2008
Reviewed by Dr. Michael Philliber for RebeccasReads (4/08)
Awareness of how crises affect various people-groups, thinking through the important role disaster workers play in re-establishing normalcy in people's shaken lives, and planning immediate and long-term approaches to help traumatized people recapture mental equilibrium are vital aspects of a crisis intervention program. George W. Doherty paves the way in his book, "Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction." This intense course manual is ideal for aiding Mental Health professionals, as well other specialized and helping communities, to establish a workable, multi-modal, well-informed crisis intervention program.
The bulk of "Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers" is informing the participant on defining crisis and its effects on people (chapters 1 and 2); how various cultural groups deal with crisis (chapters 3-6); and two devastating forms of disaster (chapter 10 and 11). In these chapters Doherty pulls in loads of research to assist the reader's grasp of the variegated aspects of calamity, along with the multifaceted responses people have. These eight chapters give significant assistance to disaster responders on what to look for and the reactions they can expect. One of the groups the author spends a large portion of time describing is children and how various forms of catastrophe affect them.
The middle section of this course manual (chapter 7-9) describes the layered approaches needed for the psychological first aid necessary to help in a crisis, along with the long-term aid Mental Health workers might need to apply to hurting, distressed people. In chapter 7 Doherty lists reasonable and sensible suggestions for establishing and training a Crisis Intervention Team and setting out the intervention strategies they will more than likely need to use. Chapter 8 puts forth helpful proposals for identifying and dealing with stress for both the responder and the crisis victims. There is also a strengths/weaknesses type of analysis of Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) in this chapter. Finally, there is a discussion in chapter 9 on resiliency and recovery, and the benefit of long-term crisis counseling for some victims.
At the end of the book the author has added a mass of references and resources the reader or course taker will find valuable. There is a section listing websites with more information and material. There is an appendix with disaster scenarios for participants to work through, as well as a suggested Disaster Victim's Needs Assessment. Finally, because this manual is part of a 15 contact hour CEU course, there is a course test and instructions on how to obtain the proper certificate.
"Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction" is just what the title says it is. This is a beneficial and informative tool to raise awareness and plan levelheaded crisis intervention.
Good Training Manual Oct 9, 2007
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (10/07)
As a certified first responder with the City of Austin Emergency Measures Office I was delighted to find more information to add to my training. (The City of Austin provided training as a result of 9/11 in the event Austin, Texas, experiences a disaster from terrorists or other incidents of major concern.) George W. Doherty's book certainly presents a concise and informative addition.
Doherty explains it all, from psychological aspects to dealing with stress, trauma, and repercussions as well as how to deal with children, adults, elderly, and those with special needs during a crisis. He also covers societal and cultural aspects; however, he did not cover religious/spiritual beliefs of various groups. (The training I took covered this facet and I believe would be a good addition to Doherty's detailed information. Knowing one's beliefs gives direction to the responder of how to deal with the individual under duress.) But, there is more - he not only covers disasters and critical incidents, he covers war and terrorism. In addition, one extremely important aspect Doherty discusses is self-care. He gives in-depth suggestions for debriefing and follow-up.
The back of the book gives selected references for further reading as well as a list of websites where more information is available. I felt this was an extremely good list and was amazed to see how much information was actually offered. Doherty also includes a "victims' needs" assessment and a course test. Reading this book and passing the course test will grant you a certificate with Contact Hours for approved organizations.
The only downfall of the book is the cover. When I looked at the cover I was taken back because, aside from the title, it doesn't indicate the content of the book. Although a lovely photo of mountains and a lake is displayed, for marketing purposes I don't believe this cover gives the book justice. The cover is more inclined to look like a coffee table book rather than an informative training manual. From a marketing perspective, I highly recommend that the cover be changed for future printings.
With all that said, I believe Doherty is providing a great addition to the library of a first responder, either beginner or one that is experienced. The information is well-researched and appropriate. Furthermore, I believe "Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers" could be used by trainers when creating first responder to disaster training courses and be part of the study material.