Links

American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

This American Academy of Experts on Traumatic Stress article discusses roles of funeral, memorials, and spiritual fellowship for communities affected by disaster as well as the effectiveness of pastoral counseling. Stresses importance of training in provision of pastoral counseling.
American Psychological Association
The site is maintained by the American Psychological Association and addresses resilience in the face of difficult life changes and identifies tools and practices that promote resilience for ourselves and our communities.
 
Cross-cultural Counseling
This article would be of greatest interest to counselors. It reviews cross-cultural counseling research including studies involving disaster victims and workers in other cultures. One particularly relevant section addresses cross-cultural variations in grief and grieving.
Disaster Wallet Card
Provides a printable family wallet card for phone numbers needed during an emergency in order to promote communication and security for children and their families.

Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disaster, orTerrorism

Provides resources about children and traumatic events. Developed after 9/11 by the International Center to Heal Our children, and other fact sheets.
 
International Center to Heal Our Children
This website provides information available on various topics including helping children cope in the aftermath of a disaster. The documents are in easy-to-read format and are available as downloadable documents.
Mental Health America
The National Mental Health Association has prepared several fact sheets for adults, seniors, children, individuals with mental illness, employers, and physicians on coping with war-related stress, terrorism, and other disaster events. Many are also available in Spanish.
Mental Health of People Exposed to Biological and Chemical Weapons
A publication from the World Health Organization titled, "Mental Helath of Populations Exposed to Biological and Chemical Weapons".
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Addresses school safety, effects of trauma on schools and learning, school planning, interventions in schools and resources compiled by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
National Council of Churches USA
Sponsored by the National Council of Churches, this site provides a short list of tips for talking to children about terrorism and also lists religious and secular resources for work with children.
National Institutes of Health
An activity book for African American families describes activities and resources to comfort children and help them feel safe when they are upset by events in their lives or repeated media coverage of terrorism, war and violence. It was developed by the National Institute of Child and Human Development and the National Black Child Development Institute and copies can be ordered through this site.
Provides a booklet that helps agencies plan to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in their own homes, group homes or other settings during emergency situations.
Pediatric Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorism
Contains a complete consensus report on pediatric preparedness for disasters and terrorism. The mental health recommendations are summarized on page 29 of the report.
Personal Preparedness
 
These links provide information on emergency and disaster preparation for people with disabilities at home, school, work or during travel. Resources explain necessary supplies, evacuation procedures and how to assist pets and service animals
The National Organization on Disability
Best of the Best Practices from Kansas University Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It provides topics for talking about disasters for teachers and adults, related to children and adolescents, families, and emergency and disaster response workers. Topics include anniversary reactions, grief, expressing feelings, cultural differences in coping, helping children and teens after disaster, mental health aspects of terrorism, self case ideas, and recognizing the need for professional help. Some materials in Spanish.