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Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster

Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster
A Clinician's Guide

May 2020 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster: A Clinician's Guide teaches counselors how to respond and intervene with individuals, groups and organizations. The book begins with a description of the counselor’s role and responsibilities and then presents chapters on crisis, trauma and disasters with corresponding chapters on working with those affected. Each chapter defines the issue and contrasts it with general counseling requirements, and then presents the history and theory as well as common interventions. Each chapter contains The Counselor’s Toolkit and presents assessment, case conceptualization and treatment approaches followed by case illustrations. The text concludes with a chapter on emerging trends and a chapter on caring for those who care.
About the Authors
1. The Context of Caring
Organization of the Text

Many Kinds of Helpers

Educating Clinicians

The Counselor’s Toolkit

Spectrum of Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster


Extended Learning Exercises

Additional Resources

2. History and Theoretical Foundations of Crisis and Crisis Counseling
Crisis Counseling Within a Mental Health Context

The History and Theories of Crisis Counseling

Classifying Crisis and Crisis Events

Models of Crisis Counseling


Extended Learning Exercises

Additional Resources

3. Caring for Those Affected by Crisis
Knowledge, Skill(s), Awareness, Techniques, and Resources


Assessment and Case Conceptualization

Holistic Conceptualization of Client Concerns

Evaluation of Vulnerabilities

Evaluation of Resiliencies

Evaluation of Protective Factors

Acute and Short-Term Treatment Planning

Client Directed Empowerment and Holistic Healing


Extended Learning Exercises

Additional Resources

4. History and Theoretical Foundations of Trauma
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Differentiating Trauma From Crisis and Disaster

Defining Trauma

A Brief History of Trauma and Trauma-Informed Counseling

Models of Trauma Treatment





Extended Learning Exercises

Additional Resources

5. Caring for Those Affected by Trauma
The Counselor’s Toolkit


Skills and Techniques

Adult Trauma

Adjuncts to Treatment

General and Advanced Skills and Awareness

Treating Trauma via Group Process

Community Culture

Assessment and Case Conceptualization

History of Multiple Traumas


Extended Learning Exercises

Additional Resources

6. Disasters
Defining Disaster

History and Emerging Theories of Disaster Mental Health and Disaster Responding

The Development of DMH Theories and Models

Disaster in Context

Individual and Community Responses

Ecological, Systemic, and Contextual Model of Individual In- and With-Community Response


Extended Learning Exercises

Additional Resources

7. Caring for Those Affected by Disaster
The Counselor’s Toolkit


Early and Mid-Stage Disaster Mental Health Interventions

In-Depth Disaster Mental Health Interventions

Treatment Considerations for Children and Adolescents

Assessments in Disaster Mental Health


Extended Learning Exercises

Additional Resources

8. Caring for Those Who Care
The Counselor’s Toolkit

Finding Balance

Burnout, Impairment, Compassion Fatigue, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma

Vulnerabilities to Secondary Traumatic Stress and Vicarious Trauma

Clinician’s Orientation to Helping

Responding to Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster

The Role of Personal and Professional Boundaries


Extended Learning Exercises

Additional Resources

9. Emerging Trends
Trends in Clinical Training



This book is very easy to read and provides a lot of resources to assist crisis management professionals.

Rejoice A. Addae
Social Work Department, Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, Arkansas

This book provides students with a comprehensive overview of crisis, trauma, and disaster that is written in a student-friendly way with examples and case illustrations. In addition, the book is written with professional developmental stages in mind so the information can be scaffolded if used in their course. The unique thing is that the authors discuss group application and provide actual examples of assessments and models that can be used or easily researched.

Karisse A Callender
Marquette University

Very thorough and addresses today’s crises in our field of study.

Amanda B. Faulk
Richmond Community College

I would tell students that this text is relevant to the work they will do in the future, will be used as a preparatory text for licensure exams, course material is applicable to both personal and professional life.

Sherrie Foster
Tennessee Tech University

This book is an excellent high level reference to counseling skills within the context of crisis, trauma, and disasters. 

This book is a comprehensive introductory text on the topic of crisis and trauma for counseling candidates.  This book understands the developmental process of how to address the various demands of crisis counseling and presents it in an easy to read manner.  This book makes no assumptions and provides a very thorough approach to counselor development by establishing strong foundations and building upon them.

Darren H. Iwamoto
Chaminade University of Honolulu

Very useful tool to better understand how to work with victims exposed to crisis and trauma.

Rose Marie Lichtenfels
Northern Arizona University – Yuma Branch

After reviewing the content of this textbook it is clearly written and will be an asset to the students.

Dr Diana Diana Schroer
Counseling, Adler University
March 22, 2023

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