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Disaster Mental Health Counseling

SKU# 9780826132888

Responding to Trauma in a Multicultural Context


  • Mark A. Stebnicki PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CCMC
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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' posttraumatic 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.


  • 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
  • Offers an Instructor's Manual and PowerPoint slide packet for qualified adopters

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 07, 2016
  • Page Count 364
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826132888
  • EISBN 9780826132895

About The Author(s) 

Mark A. Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CCMC is a 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. He holds a doctoral (Ph.D.) and master’s (M.S.) degree in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Stebnicki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina and holds three national certifications; Diplomate in Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) in Trauma Counseling through the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA); Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); Certified Case Manager (CCM); and a Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC). In 2016, Dr. Stebnicki developed a military counseling training program for the state of North Carolina. The credential, The Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC), trains professional counselors to work with the medical, psychosocial, vocational, and mental health needs of active duty personnel, veterans, and family members.

Dr. Stebnicki is also certified by the Washington, D.C.-based crisis response team National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina’s American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis team. 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.

Dr. Stebnicki has written seven books (4 edited books with Dr. Irmo Marini) most recently The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (7th ed.) (2017, Springer Publishing) and The Professional Counselors’ Desk Reference (2016, Springer Publishing); and four single-author books, most recently Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Responding to Trauma in a Multicultural Context (2017, Springer Publishing); Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors (2008, Springer Publishing). He has over 28 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at over 100 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.

Dr. Stebnicki has served on multiple professional counseling and accreditation boards. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR (March 24, 1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, was awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence in the area of youth violence prevention. Other accolades include consulting with former President Bill Clinton’s staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999).

Table of Contents 



1 Defining the Role and Function of Disaster Response

2 What Is Disaster Mental Health Counseling?

3 The Search for Meaning in Trauma and Disaster

4 The Neuroscience of Stress and Trauma

5 Empathy First Aid and Disaster Mental Health Counseling

6 Cultural Empathy and Disaster Mental Health Counseling

7 Multicultural Perspectives in Disaster Mental Health Counseling

8 Integrating Culture Into Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Foundations of Mind, Body, and Spirit

9 Trauma and Spirituality: Implications for Counselor Educators, Supervisors, and Practitioners

10 Medical Aspects of Disaster and Trauma

Mark A. Stebnicki and Irmo Marini

11 Psychosocial Adjustment Issues in Disaster Mental Health Counseling

12 Career Transition in Disaster Mental Health

13 Interventions in Disaster Mental Health Counseling

14 Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers: The Psychosocial Cost of War on Civilians

15 Military and Disaster Mental Health Counseling

16 The Trauma of Terrorism and Disaster Mental Health Counseling

17 The Psychosocial Impact of Environmental and Natural Disasters

Mark A. Stebnicki and Irmo Marini

18 Trauma and Resiliency in Disaster Mental Health Counseling

19 From Empathy Fatigue to Empathy Resiliency

20 The Personal Growth Program to Heal Trauma (PGP-HT)


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