1st Edition

School-Based Family Counseling for Crisis and Disaster Global Perspectives

Edited By Brian A. Gerrard, Emily J. Hernandez, Sibnath Deb Copyright 2023
    404 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    404 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    School-Based Family Counseling for Crisis and Disaster is a practical handbook with a school-based family counseling and interdisciplinary mental health practitioner focus that can be used to mitigate crises and disasters that affect school children.

    Anchored in the school-based family counseling (SBFC) tradition of integrating family and school mental health interventions, this book introduces interventions according to the five core SBFC metamodel areas: school intervention, school prevention, family intervention, family prevention, and community intervention. The book has an explicit "how to" approach and covers prevention strategies that build student, school, and family resilience for handling stress and interventions that can be provided during and immediately after a disaster or crisis has occurred. The chapter authors of this edited volume are all experienced professors and/or practitioners in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, teaching, and educational administration.

    All mental health professionals, especially school-based professionals, will find this book an indispensable resource for crisis planning and developing a trauma-sensitive school.

    Part 1: Overview

    1. The School-Based Family Counseling Approach to Strengthening Families and Schools in Crisis and Disaster

    by Brian A. Gerrard, Emily J. Hernandez, and Sibnath Deb

    2. Chronic Disaster: A South African Perspective

    by Nyna Amin

    3. A Positive Deviance Approach for Overcoming Crisis and Disaster

    by Masamine Jimba, Maya Sophia Fujimura, and Akira Shibanuma

    4. The Leadership Role of the School Principal in Times of Disaster or Crisis

    by Judith E. Giampaoli

    Part II: School Intervention

    5. Developing Systems for Crisis Intervention with School Personnel

    by Emily J. Hernandez, Elina Saeki, and Kezia Gopaul-Knights

    6. How Schools Can Help Students Cope with the Stress of a Major Disaster

    by Robyne Le Brocque and Nikki Triggell

    7. How to Lower Stress and Strengthen Student Executive Functions During Crisis and Disaster

    by Celina Korzenowski

    8. Group Counseling in Schools Following a Crisis or Disaster

    by Reshelle Marino and Wendy D. Rock

    9. Using Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Students Who Have Experienced Trauma

    by Carol E. Buchholz Holland

    Part III: Family Intervention

    10. Un Respiro de Vida, A Breath of Life: Giving Wings to Farmworker Families During the COVID Crisis

    by Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga and Juan Carlos Ruiz Malagon

    11. Conjoint Family Counseling with Grief and Loss

    by Michael J. Carter and Emily J. Hernandez

    12. Couples in Crisis: A Poststructuralist Approach

    by Jeff Chang

    13. A Narrative Approach to Strengthening Child and Family Relationships

    by Helen Nelson

    14. Family-based Interventions for Children in Crisis

    by Anjali Gireesan and Sibnath Deb

    Part IV: School Prevention

    15. Big Talks for Little People: Child Mental Health Module

    by Phillip T. Slee

    16. Preventing School Violence Through School Engagement

    by Emily J. Hernandez and Alia R. Elasmar

    17. Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences: The Role of Buddhism and Resilience

    by Nidup Dorji and Sibnath Deb

    18.  Internet Intimidation: Responding to Cyberbullying of School Children via the Digital Citizenship Curriculum

    by Bishakha Majumdar

    19. An ACES Approach to Developing Trauma-sensitive Schools

    by Toni Nemia

    Part V: Family Prevention

    20. An Internal Family Systems Approach to Building Disaster Resilience

    by Ralph S. Cohen

    21. Teacher Development: Promoting Teacher-Family Engagement to Support Crisis Preparedness

    by Karen Buchanan and Thomas D. Buchanan

    22. Strengthening Families During Crisis Through Teacher-Parent Engagement

    by Nurit Kaplan Toren and Jaffa Weiss

    23. Collaborating with Immigrant Students, School Personnel and Families in Times of Disaster

    by Sudia Paloma McCaleb

    24. Intimate Parenting to Build Family Resilience

    by Zipora Schectman

    Part VI: Community Intervention

    25. Addressing the Aftermath of Violence in a School Context: An SBFC Approach

    by Maria C. Marchetti-Mercer

    26. Community-based Psychosocial Intervention for Child Protection in Disaster

    by Shayana Deb, Sibnath Deb, and Anjali Gireesan

    27. How to Develop a Volunteer Global Psychological First Aid Organization: The Disastershock Global Response Team

    by Disastershock Global Response Team


    Brian A. Gerrard, PhD, is a Chief Academic Officer of the Western Institute for Social Research, Berkeley, California, and the Chair of the Institute for School-Based Family Counseling.

    Emily J. Hernandez, EdD, LMFT, is an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator of the School-Based Family Counseling Program at California State University, Los Angeles.

    Prof. Sibnath Deb, PhD, DSc, is the Director of the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Government of India. Currently, he is also Adjunct Professor of the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.  

    "An amazing resource for anyone and everyone that works with children, youth, and families in or out of school settings! The book tackles head-on the realities, challenges, disasters, and crisis situations of our times using an informative, hands-on, and practical approach. Whether you are a school principal, district or state administrator, school counselor, teacher, psychologist, therapist, or social worker, this will be your go-to book. Chapters include both broad approaches and specific steps and procedures for preventing, preparing for, and intervening in the aftermath of a crisis or disaster such as school violence, a natural disaster, or an incident of cyber bullying. In addition, each chapter also includes extremely helpful sections on multicultural considerations, specific challenges and their solutions, and sources for additional information."

    Dale Fryxell, PhD, Dean, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Psychology, Chaminade Uniiversity of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

    "A world in crisis, disasters everywhere. Whether natural disasters or the result of human inability to live in peace and harmony, children and families around the world are faced with innumerable challenges to their mental health and optimal living conditions. School-based family counselling offers, with this compilation of 27 chapters from around the globe, a valuable resource for SBFC practitioners enabling resilience amongst those most affected by various kinds of crises and disasters. Focusing on both prevention and intervention, this book aims to assist schools, children, families, and communities to emerge with hope and courage to deal with disastrous situations wherever they are."

    Gertina J. van Schalkwyk, PhD, Emerita Professor of Psychology, University of Macau, Macau, China

    "With a list of international experts from a variety of disciplines, this book is very timely. Timely because so many children across the world are living in situations of man-made and natural disaster.Even more children are afflicted by mental health problems which will interfere with their ability to enjoy childhood and to function as mature adults who can contribute to their societies.

    This book provides scholarly data on useful interventions and prevention strategies within families, in the classroom and in the broader community."

    Professor Kim Oates, AO, MD, DSc, MHP, FRACP, FRCP, FAFPHM, Emeritus Professor, Discipline of Child and Adolescent health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    "This is a timely collection, coming as it does as we begin to contemplate the challenges that lay ahead of us in repairing the trauma left by a global pandemic. The book offers insights for practitioners in responding to this disaster as well as other and future crises. The book provides an introduction to readers unfamiliar with school-based family counselling, while offering specialist readers new insights direct from the field. It will satisfy readers seeking practical tips, as well as those seeking to advance theoretical and conceptual understandings. Notably, this book brings together a diverse group of international scholars who are leaders in their fields, at a time when global thinking and responses to disaster and crisis is much needed."  

    John Scott, PhD, Head, School of Justice, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia  

    "In the midst of global warming, political polarization, environmental and economic crisis, domestic and school violence…, supporting families with school age children is most important. This is a great book on School-Based Family Counseling for Crisis and Disaster Global Perspectives with 30 distinguished contributors on 27 chapters from all over the world. A really timely book that can empower school counsellors and families."

    Professor Cecilia L.W. Chan, PhD, RSW, FHKPCA, FHKASW, FAOSW, J.P. Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Founding Director and Associate Director, Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)

    "School Based Family Counselling for Crisis and Disaster is an extremely important book to support parents, children and teachers to cope with a range of disasters which occur in many societies with regular frequency. I was particularly impressed by the culturally sensitive chapters on immigrant and refugee children and parents and the promotion of resilience and pragmatic techniques to alleviate stress and mental health issues such as panic attacks and trauma. As such, it will be a valuable resource for all schools promoting teacher parent engagement, family solidarity, and the promotion of trauma sensitive interventions for students. This book can benefit school professionals on an international global basis as there is a global perspective and practical suggestions for school-based support."

    Stephen Adams-Langley, DPsych M.A. UKCP REG. MBACP (Snr. Accred) ADDIPExPsych UKRC REG., Senior Clinical Consultant, Place2Be, London, United Kingdom

    "Young people globally are experiencing unprecedented rates of change although many are still fortunate to enjoy a constancy of support from their families and schools. This book, written by practitioners and academics from across the world, is dedicated to supporting those families and schools when attempting to nurture and keep young people safe at moments of greatest risk. I commend this timely contribution most warmly."

    Tom Billington, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Educational and Child Psychology, the School of Education, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

    "Authors from every continent address global issues and articulate reality checks on what is happening today – from COVID global pandemic to mitigating destructive effects of disasters and crises on children, families, schools – and their communities. The extensive chapters written by international scholar-practitioners delve into necessary survival skills and guide us through crises and disaster intervention and prevention."

    Walter H. Gmelch, PhD, Professor, Department of Leadership Studies, School of Education, University of San Francisco.

    "This book is being published at the right time. It covers the important areas, which is family counseling in the school setting and counselling related to crisis and disaster. Counseling the family members in school settings during crises, can prevent further escalation of mental health issues, increase resilience, and can reduce the treatment gap. The book covers important chapters that address different areas and settings that are written by eminent researchers and practitioners from across the globe. It gives a wide coverage of different domains, which will be highly beneficial not only for students, academicians, researchers, and practitioners in the area of mental health; but also for teachers, school counsellors and school administrators".

    Dr. B. N. Roopesh, MPhil, PhD, Additional Professor, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit; Adjunct Faculty: Dept of Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management, Dept of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciece, Bengaluru, India

    "An invaluable must have resource book for educators, teachers, principals, school administrators and policymakers; as well as mental health clinicians.Written by experienced school-based family professionals from several countries, they underscore the importance of working with the two most powerful systems in a child/student’s life; school and family, when mitigating crises and disasters in schools and communities.

    The unique how to approach of this book provides the reader with a clear description of procedures, of how various research-based interventions and strategies are used when mediating an actual crisis or disaster in schools. As a clinical/educational child psychologist who worked with children and families for many years, I have found it uplifting to read this most useful, creative, and ready-made resource, that can be used immediately by so many professionals."

    Teresita A. José, PhD, Life member: Psychologists Association of Alberta, Canada

    "This book is easy to understand, informative, and helpful for any psychologist, counsellor or family therapist who works with clients who have experienced a major disaster and crisis. Each one of twenty seven chapters is of real benefit. I highly recommend it to mental health workers, principals, parents, and teachers from kindergarten to high school."

    Quan Chaolu, Professor, Department of Psychology, Shandong Normal University, China

    "School-Based Family Counseling for Crisis and Disaster: Global Perspectives, is global-oriented and particularly benefits Asian families dealing with crisis and disaster for two reasons. First, family andschool are both highly precious in Asian culture. Combining these two areas is a double-advantageous way to comfort Asian families. Second, Asians consider family as a private domain. The school-based family counseling approach will cultivate emotional wellness in the family with a subtle and respectful professionalism. This book is strongly recommended for mental health professionals and educators who work with Asian families."

    Ming-Kuo Hung, EdD, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan

    "This book, written by many Disastershock Global Response Team (DGRT) members, with a global perspective, addresses how to deal with the stress of major crises and disasters through school-based family counseling (SBFC). It contains chapters such as the chronic disaster described in the case of South Africa; responding to cyberbullying in school children; and preventing school violence through school engagement, to name a few. This book is another generous effort resulting from this wonderful momentum generated by the Disastershock Global Volunteer Team. School-Based Family Counseling for Crisis and Disaster: Global Perspectives is a mandatory practical book to make the most of in the post-covid era where the new pandemic is related to mental health problems."

    Damián Gallegos-Lemos, MD, Family Physician and Family Therapist, Senior Specialist ICT & Health, Health Intelligence (Electronical Medical Record) at Spanish Ministry of Health, Madrid, Spain

    "There is little doubt that the book in this fast-developing area will become a seminal addition to the field of the Psychology of Education, specifically in School-based family counseling. This relevant book takes an in-depth look at how school personnel can prepare school communities (students, families, and school staff) to cope with the stress of major crises and disasters. This book will be consulted around the world, not only by academics, but also by teachers, students of education, and curriculum developers who are looking for practical and inspiring ideas about instruction in our age of global challenges. I am sure of the book’s future success, both in distribution, reaching broad audiences, and being regularly used for reference and study."

    Dr. Mirta Susana Ison, Professor, Department of Psychology, Aconcagua University, Senior Researcher, National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina

    "This is a most timely resource in the context of relentless crises and disasters worldwide. Drawing together leading experts from around the globe, this book provides strength-focused practical approaches (based on the cutting-edge School- Based Family Counselling model) to prevention, intervention, and recovery from the impact of severe adversity on young people. The great appeal of this book is the recognition of the capacity for resilience and the vital role that schools can play in harnessing the protective factors at the child, family, and school level. This is a wide-ranging resource that will benefit policy makers, school personnel, and caregivers all over the world."

    Ian Shochet, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

    "While the School-Based Family Counseling for Crisis and Disaster book is written by top researchers from across the world- it has been intentionally designed as a practical "how to" manual for school-based practitioners interested in fostering the success of their students. With a focus on purposeful partnerships across systems such as families and schools - the book provides robust yet accessible overviews, examples and interventions for a host of different challenges. The ultimate goal is to provide tools to prevent potential disruption and devastation to a child's life when they are faced with a catastrophe. This is exactly the kind of resource that makes a difference and I wish I had access to it as a new school-based counselor when I was beginning my own career!"

    Joelle Powers, PhD, MSW, Associate Dean , Interim Director, School of Social Work, College of Health Sciences, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, United States

    "When crisis and disaster occur, vulnerable populations - especially children - are placed in difficult situations. We are more aware of such situations with the COVID-19 pandemic. At such times, a school-based family counseling (SBFC) approach can help children in difficult situations find psychological comfort and relief. This book presents a wealth of examples and concrete measures to address how to integrate family and school mental health interventions through SBFC. Therefore, this book should be read not only by SBFC practitioners such as school counselors, social workers, and psychologists, but also by teachers and parents. It provides many suggestions for how to support children mentally in times of crisis and disaster."

    Yuto Kitamura, PhD, Professor, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo

    "This book describes the pivotal role schools and families can play in reducing the destructive effects of disaster and crisis on children, families, and schools. Written by experts in the field in an easy-to-use manner, this book contextualizes disasters ranging from Covid 19 global pandemic to the refugee crisis that is a result of Russia-Ukraine war. Fourteen of the chapter authors were actively involved in providing psychological services in different countries to children, families, and schools affected by both disasters. School-based family counseling (SBFC) is described as an interdisciplinary mental health metamodel that can be used to strengthen children, families, and school personnel in times of crisis and disaster. Counselors, social workers, mental health professionals, as well as parents, will value this book’s evidence-based practices for K-12."

    Huda Ayyash-Abdo, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Social Sciences, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon