disaster counseling

Mental Health Care & Training as a Component of Disaster Recovery

Stephen Tomlin, of International Medical Corps, discusses why mental health needs to be an integral component of disaster relief efforts.

Light Our Way: A Guide for Spiritual Care in Times of Disaster

This document, by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, guides disaster relief workers as they assist victims and recover from difficult response efforts themselves. Covers basic concepts and types of spiritual care, long-term recovery, collaboration with mental and emotional health personnel, self-care for providers, and community resiliency and preparedness training.

Disaster Planning for Churches (Hope Crisis Response Network)

This guide, from Hope Crisis Response Network, explains to churches how they can create a crisis plan for their own property, as well as minister effectively to others. It contains a checklist for what should be done before & after the event itself.

Spiritual First Aid: Disaster Chaplain Guide

This guide, from Wheaton's Humanitarian Disaster Institute, explains some of the key principles that should guide a disaster chaplain in the work of ministering to the victims of natural disaster.

Disaster Spiritual Care Points of Consensus

This tip sheet, from Wheaton's Humanitarian Disaster Institute, explains the principles that should guide providers of spiritual care in a disaster in general, from an ecumenical perspective.

Strategies for Self-Care

This tip sheet, from Wheaton's Humanitarian Disaster Institute, describes how people serving in a disaster area can exercise proper self-care.

How NOT to Provide Volunteer and Survivor Care

This tip sheet, from Wheaton's Humanitarian Disaster Institute, describes how not to provide care to volunteers and disaster survivors.

Annotated Review of Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care Books

This document, from Wheaton's Humanitarian Disaster Institute, provides an annotated review of books on providing spiritual and emotional care to victims of disasters.

Helping Volunteers Talk about Stress

This tip sheet, from Wheaton's Humanitarian Disaster Institute, explains how to help disaster volunteers talk about the stress they experience.

Principles of Crisis Intervention

This tip sheet, from Wheaton's Humanitarian Disaster Institute, explains the principles of crisis intervention that can be used to mitigate the psychological effects of a disaster on its victims.

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