Children and Disasters: A Practical Guide to Healing and Recovery

Children and Disasters: A Practical Guide to Healing and Recovery

Children and Disasters: A Practical Guide to Healing and Recovery

Children and Disasters: A Practical Guide to Healing and Recovery

Synopsis

Today, one in every three Americans will be affected by trauma, and the most vulnerable among these victims are children. Children and adolescents in our communities are exposed to disastrous and devastating events, including natural disasters, violence, accidents, and, most recently, terrorist attacks, that have a great impact on their emotional and physical well-being. Children in Disasters is a training manual and reference for those who provide psychological relief in the wake of disasters. The expert contributors offer guidance for helping children integrate their traumatic experiences, develop healthy coping skills, and restore a sense of safety.

Excerpt

September 11, 2001, will forever be remembered as the day that the world as we know it changed forever. the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the thwarted attempt to attack a second location in Washington, D.C., brought the world to a standstill. the majority of the world community shares in our feelings of shock, devastation, and grief. For many, especially our children, this has become a very frightening and unsafe world. At the last count nearly 3,000 people from 80 different nations lost their lives as they went about their daily routines. Our loss included hundreds of brave New York firefighters, paramedics, and police officers who were trying to help and rescue victims. Countless numbers of children have lost at least one parent; corporations have lost their employees; many battalions lost a significant number of firefighters; families and communities have been shattered by the loss of mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren, and other dearly loved ones.

But even in this time of great national (worldwide) tragedy and mourning, there are daily reminders of the goodness and . . .

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