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Trauma-related Counseling

It seems every newspaper, news broadcast, and news story contains some discussion of a crisis situation, natural or man-made disaster, or trauma-causing event. These crises and disasters can occur on an individual scale (such as abuse) or on societal scale (such as a school bombing or a tsunami). Experiences such as these are not new. However, the focus on these experiences from a mental health standpoint is new. Mental health counselors have pivotal roles in working with those who are impacted by crises, disasters, and other trauma causing events, be it as a first line responder, disaster mental health volunteer, trauma counselor, and/or trainer/consultant.

Give an analysis of why natural and man-made disasters, crises, and other trauma-causing events have become a focus of the mental health counseling profession and the implications of this focus on mental health counselors and on the profession itself. Be sure to support your analysis with references.

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Social Psychology

In addition to social support, research shows that many people suffer severe trauma from a natural disaster that require will require mental health care. After a natural disaster, individuals may suffer from anxiety, anger, sleeplessness, hopelessness, and depression. As an example, Aten, Topping, Denney & Hosey (2011) conducted a study at a local church, and examined the psychological effects of Hurricane Katrina on the lives of African Americans. They found that many of the participants reported that they felt overwhelmed by the ...

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This solution focuses on counseling in the event of man-made or natual diasters. The role of the mental health counselor is discussed.