1st Edition

Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience
Integrating Care in Disaster Relief Work

ISBN 9780789034557
Published October 21, 2009 by Routledge
264 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience explores the interface between spiritual and psychological care in the context of disaster recovery work, drawing upon recent disasters including but not limited to, the experiences of September 11, 2001. Each of the three sections that make up the book are structured around the cycle of disaster response and focus on the relevant phase of disaster recovery work. In each section, selected topics combining spiritual and mental health factors are examined; when possible, sections are co-written by a spiritual care provider and a mental health care provider with appropriate expertise. Existing interdisciplinary collaborations, creative partnerships, gaps in care, and needed interdisciplinary work are identified and addressed, making this book both a useful reference for theory and an invaluable hands-on resource.

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundational Considerations for Effective Collaboration. Brenner, Fundamentals of Collaboration. Moses, An Anthropologist Among Disaster Caregivers. Buechler, Disaster Relief: Emotional Values. Covello, Principles of Risk Communication. Pandya, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Postdisaster Interdisciplinary Collaborations. Harris, Thornton, Engdahl, The Psychospiritual Impact of Disaster: An Overview. Part II: Collaboration in Action: Tensions, Challenges, and Opportunities. Daniels, Collaborating With a Community College in Post-Katrina New Orleans: Organizational and Personal Reflections. Jarry, Working as an Ally to Underserved Communities: The Role of Faith, Coordination, and Partnerships in Response to the 2001 World Trade Center Attack. Smith, Taylor, Larkin, North, Ryan, Holmes, On Reentering the Chapel: Models for Collaborations Between Psychiatrists, Communities of Faith, and Faith-Based Providers After Hurricane Katrina. Gensler, Collaboration in Working With Children Affected by Diaster. Berliner, Ryan, Taylor, Making Referrals: Effective Collaboration Between Mental Health and Spiritual Care Practitioners. Shah, "To Do No Harm" Spiritual Care and Ethnomedical Competence: Four Cases of Psychosocial Trauma Recovery for the 2004 Tsunami and 2005 Earthquake in South Asia. Part III: Collaboratively Nurturing Resilience After Catastrophic Trauma. Ellison, Katz, Rituals, Routines, and Resilience. Danieli, Fundamentals of Working with (Re)traumatized Populations. Wyatt, Reaching Out to Create Moments of Communal Healing: Personal Reflections From the Edge of the 9/11 Abyss. Milstein, Manierre, Normative and Diagnostic Reactions to Disaster: Clergy and Clinician Collaboration to Facilitate a Continuum of Care.

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Grant H. Brenner, MD, is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute, and assistant clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (adjunct) in New York City.

Daniel H. Bush, MDiv, is a chaplain and serves as an educator at several programs in Jerusalem, including Yakar, Kivunim, the Conservative Yeshiva, and Encounter.

Joshua Moses, PhD, was formerly a fellow with the National Institute of Mental Health. He is currently the Director of Research for the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.


"An original and notable contribution to the field of disaster studies. The focus on facilitating the essential collaborative partnerships between mental health and spiritual care providers could not be more timely or more valuable." - James Halpern, Professor of Psychology and Counseling, Director, Institute for Disaster Mental Health, State University of New York at New Paltz, USA

"Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience is a well-researched work validated by the extensive practical experience of the contributing authors. This publication will be useful in a practical way to professionals working with trauma survivors who have experienced great emotional and spiritual upheaval in their lives as a result of catastrophic and life threatening events. The authors show a clear understanding of the importance of restoring resilience through both spiritual and psychological support. -William W. Sage, The KonTerra Group, Washington DC, New York, USA and Geneva, Switzerland

"If you are a mental health or spiritual care professional who either plans to become involved in disaster relief work or wishes to expand his/her capacity to respond, this is definitely a book you will want to read. The editors have pulled together authors from a variety of professions...for chapters tha provide essential information both to professionals who may be novices regarding disaster relief work as well as those who are seasoned veterans. Well written." -Howard B. Smith, South Dakota State University (retired) in Counseling Today, April 2010