Return To Equilibrium: The Proceedings of the 7th Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conference, George W. Doherty
  
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   Return To Equilibrium: The Proceedings of the 7th Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conference - Price: $ 29.95   

by George W. Doherty, ISBN: 978-1-932690-86-6
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November 6-8, 2008, the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute held their Annual Disaster Mental Health Conference in Laramie, Wyoming. The Conference theme was: Return to Equilibrium. Two areas were addressed: Disaster Mental Health and Returning Military and Families.
This book presents the Proceedings of the 7th Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conference. The goal of "Return to Equilibrium" is recovery by integrating experience into our life to create a new balance.

These Proceedings provide insight into the nature of the individual's response to terror and disaster. They should be interesting reading for everyone who either indirectly or directly has been affected."
--Linda Benninghoff, author of “Departures”
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Biography :

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.

Book Review :

"Return to Equilibrium" is a compilation of articles written about sessions held at the 7th Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conference held in Laramie, Wyoming. Two main topics were covered at this conference: Disaster Mental Health and Returning Military and Families. In this book, equilibrium is noted by Henri Louis Chatelier (1850-1936) as "...when a stress is applied to a system in equilibrium, the system will change so as to undo or offset the effect of the stress." This idea can also be applied to everyday situations.

It is extremely important for health practitioners and emergency workers to be prepared for emergencies, natural disasters, terroristic attacks and times of war. Returning military personnel and their families need to be helped upon returning from deployment. Deployed military personnel are commonly affected by combat-related stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and depression. There is also a high incidence of suicide as a result of these issues.

The section on counseling Native Americans and their families is extremely informative. It is interesting to note that Native Americans "have joined the military at the largest per capita rate of any ethnic group." Therefore it is imperative to have an understanding of their culture and spirituality so as to appropriately address their needs.

Contained within the pages of this book are "An Individualized Personality, Coping and Wellness Survey; a Deployment Clinic Intake Form; and veteran case examples. There is also an overview of emergency plan protocols including information about those that already exist. Readers will find the deployment support resources, and online resources to be very beneficial.

I found "Return to Equilibrium" to be very informative and necessary for mental health practitioners. I also believe that this information is pertinent to college counselors and instructors.

(Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)





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