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Within the last decade, the role of the school psychologist has been changing as a result of the impact of disasters and increasing violence in schools and communities. This workshop was designed to help school psychologists prepare for and intervene in disasters in their school communities. The goals were: (1) to encourage school psychologists to broaden their roles to include crisis intervention as an essential part of their service deliveries; (2) to learn how intervention can give clues to prevention; (3) to share information about disasters; and (4) to provide participants the opportunity to prepare for disasters and assess their feelings that may affect their service delivery. A chart details the four phases of survivors' emotional reactions to disasters and several key concepts of disaster mental health are explained. Also included is a personal account of one mental health disaster volunteer's experiences and the lessons learned. The importance of learning ways to take care of themselves is stressed for the disaster mental health worker in order to prevent them from becoming secondary victims of a disaster. (Contains 27 references.) (JDM)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Counselor Role, Crisis Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Intervention, Natural Disasters, Personal Narratives, School Psychologists, Violence, Workshops

Autor: Tramonte, Michael R.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6798&id=ED452462

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