Children and Disasters: A Practical Guide to Healing and by Joseph Capozzoli, Wendy N. Zubenko

By Joseph Capozzoli, Wendy N. Zubenko

At the present time, one in each 3 americans could be suffering from trauma, and the main susceptible between those sufferers are young ones. teenagers and youth in our groups are uncovered to disastrous and devastating occasions, together with common failures, violence, injuries, and, so much lately, terrorist assaults, that experience a good impression on their emotional and actual overall healthiness. little ones in mess ups is a coaching handbook and reference in the event you offer mental reduction within the wake of failures. The specialist members provide suggestions for assisting young ones combine their irritating reviews, improve fit coping abilities, and repair a feeling of security.

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Just about all of these things are considered normal reactions, as long as they do not last more than several weeks to a few months. DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH 45 KEY DMH GUIDELINES Myers (1994) and Weaver (1995) offer several critically impor­ tant concepts for DMH workers to keep in mind. The first is to avoid using mental health labels and jargon. People who are having typical stress reactions may already be fearful that they may be losing their sanity. Anything that reinforces fears of po­ tential mental illness can be detrimental.

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DMH INTERVENTIONS Weaver (1995) offers several practical tips on how to offer DMH intervention. First, DMH workers need to get people talk­ ing, keep people busy, and begin problem solving. Much of the content of DMH conversations will involve themes of loss and bereavement. People will be attempting to come to grips with the mixed feelings they are having about lost family treasures (photo albums, Bibles, dishes, furniture, or possibly their entire home), pets, friends, and loved ones. They will also be ques­ tioning why this had to occur and, at the same time, struggling to find some meaning in what has happened.

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