From Crisis To Recovery: Proceedings of the 6th Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conference - Price: $24.95
by George W. Doherty, ISBN: 978-1-932690-56-9
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November 8-10, 2007, the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute held their Annual Disaster Mental Health Conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The theme of this conference was: From Crisis To Recovery: Resilience and Strategic Planning for the Future.
George W. Doherty, an LPC in Wyoming and the president of the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute, has put together the most important papers on managing the impact of disasters on the mental health and behavior of people, especially those who provide emergency services during and shortly after disasters. Published by the Rocky Mountain DMH Institute Press (2008), this edition serves the important purpose of exploring the hazardous effects of disasters on human behavior and on family and society.
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George W. Doherty is the President of the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute. The institute delivers critical inci¬dent response training in Wyoming and throughout the region as well as a national yearly conference and proceedings for crisis response managers and the mental health professionals who work with them. Doherty is the author of Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers and editor of several volumes. For more information about his work, please visit www.RMRInstitute.org.
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The 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Disaster Mental Health Conference was held in Cheyenne, Wyoming, November 8-10, 2007. The main theme was: "From Crisis to Recovery: Resilience and Strategic Planning for the Future." Presenters from the conference put their materials into articles which are in this book. This is an excellent resource for people who attended the conference to can use as a reference for the information presented.
The purpose of this conference is "to promote the development and application of practice, research and training in disaster mental health, critical incident stress management, traumatology, and other emergency response interventions and to promote community awareness, resilience and recovery." This information is needed by people dealing with critical incident stress management, behavioral health professionals, first responders and others who might be dealing with crisis situations.
I found the information presented in this book to be fascinating. Several important topics were discussed, in areas of critical importance to what is happening in our world today. It is imperative that people involved in crisis situations read this material.
Some of the topics covered traumatic stress in the workplace with issues like police suicide. Others involved emergency preparedness. It is so important that people who deal with emergency and disaster situations are appropriately trained and have resources to handle the stressors of dealing with these situations. There are also discussions about the importance of having disaster readiness plans in places such as tourist vacation spots where natural disasters or terroristic acts can occur. In addition to needing to be trained in advance about how to handle these events, people also need to have an understanding of the traditions of the cultures that they might be helping.
This book is a must for first responders and mental health professionals.
(Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)