1st Edition

Healing 9/11
Creative Programming by Occupational Therapists

ISBN 9780789023636
Published February 9, 2006 by Routledge
216 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Get a first-hand look at the ongoing tragedy of 9/11

Healing 9/11 examines programs and interventions created and implemented by occupational therapists to aid those affected directly—and indirectly—by the 9/11 attacks. Ideal for courses in trauma and recovery, community interventions, disaster recovery, health programs and implementation, and mental health interventions as well as for professionals, this powerful book chronicles the experiences of OTs who worked with firefighters, burn victims, and displaced workers, as well as children, students, and clients suffering long-term symptoms of depression and anxiety. These first-hand accounts offer rare insights into the healing process for victims of terrorism (including OTs themselves), and serve as a guide to developing outreach and counseling services to those touched by future incidents.

Healing 9/11 continues the work of Surviving 9/11: Impact and Experiences of Occupational Therapy Practitioners (Haworth), presenting detailed personal and professional accounts from OTs who provided physical, emotional, and psychosocial relief to thousands of disaster victims. This unique book reveals how OTs provided aggressive manual therapy, wound care, and scar management to the critically injured; how OTs analyzed the job market and found work for people who had lost their livelihoods; how OTs worked with students in classroom settings to relieve their anxieties; and how OTs helped rescue workers at Ground Zero deal with the emotions that threatened to overpower them.

Healing 9/11 examines:

  • nontraditional group therapy
  • non-clinical treatment settings
  • burn rehabilitation
  • pediatric occupational therapy
  • school-based occupational therapy
  • employment planning
  • occupational frame of reference
  • creative arts therapy
  • post traumatic stress disorder
  • and much more
Healing 911: Creative Programming by Occupational Therapists is an essential resource for all healthcare professionals who offer relief in times of disaster.

Table of Contents

  • About the Contributors
  • Introduction and Acknowledgments (Pat Precin)
  • Counseling Firefighters Post 9/11: An Occupational and Dance Movement Therapists’ Interventions and Experiences (Joanne Cordero and Christine Zimbelmann)
  • Overcoming All Odds (Corina Hall, Christina A. Forenz, Dan Lynch, and Robert Young)
  • Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Intervention During the 9/11 Tragedy (Mary Squillace)
  • Moving to New York City: Helping 9/11 Children (Christina Hughes)
  • Coping with September 11th: An Occupational Therapist Faculty Member’s Perspective (Mary Beth Early)
  • Rebuilding Lives Through the Employment Placement Program of 9/11 (Pat Precin and Chelle Marie)
  • Occupational Therapist, Biomedical Science Corps Officer and Former Firefighter (Frank R. Pascarelli)
  • Reach Out and Have Some Fun: Combating Isolation in the Aftermath of Terror: A Program for Psychiatric Patients (Cheryl King)
  • Creating Healing Through Artistic Symbols (Pat Precin)
  • Pining the Pieces Back Together. . . (Janine Gallo)
  • The Unspoken Words: Reflections on a Keynote Address Following 9/11 (Jeanne E. Lewin)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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"Healing 9/11: Creative Programming by Occupational Therapists is a book well worth reading." -- Sue Baptiste, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy