Disaster Mental Health Counseling

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Disaster Mental Health Counseling

SKU# 9780826132888

Responding to Trauma in a Multicultural Context


  • Mark A. Stebnicki PhD, LCP, DCMHS, CRC, CCM


Focuses on understanding cultural and psychosocial contexts to promote optimal healing for disaster survivors

This is the first book for mental health professionals working with survivors of mass trauma to focus on the psychosocial and cultural contexts in which these disasters occur. It underscores the importance of understanding these environments in order to provide maximally effective mental health interventions for trauma survivors and their communities. Global in scope, the text addresses the foundations of understanding and responding to the mental health needs of individuals and groups healing from traumas created by a wide range of natural and human-made critical events, including acts of terrorism, armed conflict, genocide, and mass violence by individual perpetrators. Designed for professional training in disaster mental health, and meeting CACREP standards, the text promotes the knowledge and skills needed to work with the psychosocial aspects of individual and group adaptation and adjustment to mass traumatic experience.

Reflecting state-of-the-art knowledge, the book offers detailed guidelines in assessment and brief interventions related to survivors’ post-traumatic stress symptoms and complex trauma associated with being at the epicenter of extraordinary stressful and traumatic events. In addition, this book also covers critical issues of self-care for the professional. Illustrated with first-person accounts of disaster survivors and case scenarios, this book emphasizes how counselors and other mental health professionals can foster resilience and wellness in individuals and communities affected by all types of disasters.

    Key Features:
  • Considers disaster and mass trauma response from a culturally and globally relevant perspective—the first book of its kind
  • Addresses CACREP’s clinical standards and content areas related to disaster mental health response
  • Covers many types of disasters and categories of survivors
  • Includes updated information on PTSD, complex trauma, and self-care
  • Addresses cultivating resiliency in individual and group survivors along with social justice issues

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 28, 2016
  • Page Count 364
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826132888

About The Author(s) 

Mark A. Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, is Professor and Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate Program he developed in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University. Dr. Stebnicki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina and holds three national certifications. He is also certified by the Washington, DC-based crisis response team, National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina’s American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis team. He developed one of the nation’s first state credential, the Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC) offered and administered through the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of North Carolina (LPCANC). Dr . Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working with the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of persons that have traumatic stress, chronic illnesses and disabilities. He has written and edited The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability 6th Ed. (2012, Springer Publishing), The Professional Counselors’ Desk Reference, 2nd Ed (2016, Springer Publishing), Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors (2008, Springer Publishing), What is Adolescent Mental Health?: Helping Disconnected and at-Risk Youth to Become Whole (2007 ), and Youth at-Risk (2001) workbook and DVD. He has presented at over 95 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics ranging from youth violence, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and the psychosocial aspects of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Other accomplishments include consulting with former President Bill Clinton’s staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical shooting incident.