Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters
Disaster responders treat more than just the immediate emotional
and psychological trauma of victims: they empower individuals and
families to heal themselves long into a disaster's aftermath. This
requires helping survivors to rebuild their ability to meet their
emotional and psychological needs, not only for themselves but also
for others, which necessitates a careful consideration of
survivors' social, economic, and political realities as their
communities heal and recover.
This comprehensive book integrates Western mental health
approaches and international models of psychosocial capacity
building within a social ecology framework, providing practitioners
and volunteers with a blueprint for individual, family, group, and
community interventions. Joshua L. Miller focuses on a range of
disasters at local, regional, national, and international levels.
Global case studies explore the social, psychological, economic,
political, and cultural issues affecting various reactions to
disaster and illustrate the importance of drawing on local cultural
practices to promote empowerment and resiliency. Miller encourages
developing people's capacity to direct their own recovery, using a
social ecology framework to conceptualize disasters and their
consequences. He also considers sources of vulnerability and how to
support individual, family, and community resiliency; adapt and
implement traditional disaster mental health interventions in
different contexts; use groups and activities to facilitate
recovery as part of a larger strategy of psychosocial capacity
building; and foster collective grieving and memorializing.
Miller's text examines the unique dynamics of intergroup conflict
and the relationship between psychosocial healing, social justice,
and peace and reconciliation. Each chapter ends with a mindfulness
exercise, and a section reviews practitioner self-care.
Subjects: Psychology, Sociology
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