Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience

Integrating Care in Disaster Relief Work

Author: Grant H. Brenner,Daniel H. Bush,Joshua Moses

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1135263787

Category: Psychology

Page: 264

View: 8638


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.

The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality

Author: Lisa J. Miller

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199729921

Category: Psychology

Page: 634

View: 612


Postmaterial spiritual psychology posits that consciousness can contribute to the unfolding of material events and that the human brain can detect broad, non-material communications. In this regard, this emerging field of postmaterial psychology marks a stark departure from psychology's traditional quantum measurements and tenets. The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality codifies the leading empirical evidence in the support and application of postmaterial psychological science. Sections in this volume include: - personality and social psychology factors and implications - spiritual development and culture - spiritual dialogue, prayer, and intention in Western mental health - Eastern traditions and psychology - physical health and spirituality - positive psychology - scientific advances and applications related to spiritual psychology With chapters from leading scholars in psychology, medicine, physics, and biology, The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality is an interdisciplinary reference for a rapidly emerging approach to contemporary science. This overarching work provides both a foundation and a roadmap for what is truly a new ideological age.

From Crisis to Recovery

Strategic Planning for Response, Resilience and Recovery

Author: George W. Doherty

Publisher: Loving Healing Press

ISBN: 1615990151

Category: Psychology

Page: 278

View: 9399


"Mr. Doherty has produced an invaluable reference volume for everyone involved in disaster response/disaster preparedness field. It represents the ultimate A-to-Z 'How to Do It' manual in this difficult, complicated field.--John G. Jones, Ph.D.

Post-Tsunami Recovery in Thailand

Socio-cultural responses

Author: Monica Lindberg Falk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317690133

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

View: 1699


Of all the huge natural disasters that claimed the lives of thousands in Asia, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 was the largest, estimated to have killed more than 230,000 people. The scope of damage brought about by this natural disaster urges focus on recovery and post-disaster reconstruction from several perspectives. Here we find an in-depth ethnography of Thailand and the role of culture and religion as an underpinning issue in post-disaster recovery. Following the post-tsunami recovery over five years, the book provides knowledge on socio-cultural responses from affected local communities after natural hazards, and is based on original material collected in Thailand after the 2004 tsunami. With a focus on how culture and religion interplay in the processes of building resilience and decreasing vulnerability, it gives a deeper understanding of how disasters are experienced and dealt with on a local level. It examines survivors’ experiences of rituals and ceremonies that became a part of the survivors’ lives in new ways after the tsunami, offering psychological reassurance and religious efficaciousness as well as communication links between themselves and the deceased. Using observations, narratives and material from in-depth interviews with survivors, relatives, relief workers, officials and Buddhist monks and nuns, this book contributes to the research on anthropology of disaster and to the development of research on cultural resilience and religion in post-disaster recovery. It will be of interest to scholars of Disaster Studies, Buddhist Studies and Asian Studies.

Disaster Psychiatry

Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment

Author: Frederick J. Stoddard,Anand A. Pandya,Craig L. Katz

Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub

ISBN: 0873182170

Category: Medical

Page: 396

View: 2354


Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment is the first clinical guide dedicated specifically to equipping mental health professionals with the knowledge they need to respond usefully and effectively when disaster strikes. Using a biopsychosocial model, the book explains the mental health implications of disasters and clearly outlines treatment paths and interventions based on peer-reviewed scientific literature and the firsthand experiences of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who have dedicated their time and expertise to the cause of alleviating suffering in the aftermath of traumatic events. Experts in disaster psychiatry from two organizations -- the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) and Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO) -- have collaborated to create this manual, which provides in-depth information on best practices clearly presented for ease of use by psychiatric clinicians preparing for or responding to disasters. The authors have conducted an extensive review of the literature on survivors of traumatic events, ranging from individuals with posttraumatic stress in the aftermath of World War II to victims of the earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010. Written specifically for the clinical community, Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment is a must for the libraries of psychiatrists, psychologists, and nurses working in disaster settings, as well as medical educators and residents.

A Person-Centered Approach to Psychospiritual Maturation

Mentoring Psychological Resilience and Inclusive Community in Higher Education

Author: Jared D. Kass

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319579193

Category: Psychology

Page: 384

View: 3443


This book presents an engaged learning curriculum for higher education that helps emerging adults and professionals-in-training develop psychological resilience and community-building interpersonal skills. The curriculum mentors a person-centered process of psychospiritual maturation through growth in five dimensions of self: bio-behavioral, cognitive-sociocultural, social-emotional, existential-spiritual, and resilient worldview formation. This growth promotes student well-being and a positive campus culture, while preparing them to build cultures of health, social justice, and peace in the social systems where they will work and live.

Project Rebirth

Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors

Author: Robin Stern,Courtney E. Martin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101543485

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 2982


Written in conjunction with the documentary Rebirth, a full decade in the making, an uplifting look at the lives of nine individuals whose lives were forever changed by the largest tragedy our nation has ever faced. The images of the burning towers, the heartbroken friends building memorials, the minute-by-minute accounts of the horrors of that day-all are indelibly etched on our collective consciousness. But what of those left behind after 9/11? What have they, and we, learned from the gift of time? In Project Rebirth, a psychologist and a journalist examine the lives of nine people who were directly affected by the events of September 11, 2001. Written concurrently with the filming of a forthcoming documentary, it is uniquely positioned to tackle the questions raised about how people react in the face of crippling grief, how you maintain hope for a future when your life as you knew it is destroyed, and the amazing ability of humans to focus on the positive aspects of day-to-day living in the face of tragedy. The project follows people dedicated to rebuilding, both physically and emotionally. Spirituality, resilience, and hope are at the center of their stories. Brian, who lost his firefighter brother, spent two years working at Ground Zero and then helped to rebuild the PATH train station. Tanya, who lost her fiancée on 9/11, finds new love, new life, and joy as a mother in the years following, all doors she thought closed to her forever. Not a book that recounts the events of that day, and not a book about grief, Project Rebirth is a book about resilience and finding inner peace.

Transformational Resilience

How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing

Author: Bob Doppelt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351283863

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 783


Using the author’s extensive experience of advising public, private and non-profit sectors on personal, organization, and community behavioral and systems change knowledge and tools, this book applies a new lens to the question of how to respond to climate change. It offers a scientifically rigorous understanding of the negative mental health and psychosocial impacts of climate change and argues that overlooking these issues will have very damaging consequences. The practical assessment of various methods to build human resilience offered by Transformational Resilience then makes a powerful case for the need to quickly expand beyond emission reductions and hardening physical infrastructure to enhance the capacity of individuals and groups to cope with the inevitable changes affecting all levels of society.Applying a trauma-informed mental health and psychosocial perspective, Transformational Resilience offers a groundbreaking approach to responding to climate disruption. The book describes how climate disruption traumatizes societies and how effective responses can catalyze positive learning, growth, and change.

Spiritual Resilience

30 Days to Refresh Your Soul

Author: Robert J. Wicks

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781616368869

Category: Psychology

Page: 112

View: 3086


30 brief reflections will help the reader rediscover spiritual resilience and psychological strength.

Handbook for Working with Children and Youth

Pathways to Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts

Author: Michael Ungar

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452214654

Category: Psychology

Page: 552

View: 9344


The Handbook For Working With Children & Youth: Pathways To Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts examines lives lived well despite adversity. Calling upon some of the most progressive thinkers in the field, it presents a groundbreaking collection of original writing on the theories, methods of study, and interventions to promote resilience. Unlike other works that have left largely unquestioned their own culture-bound interpretations of the ways children and youth survive and thrive, this volume explores the multiple paths children follow to health and well-being in diverse national and international settings. It demonstrates the connection between social and political health resources and addresses the more immediate concerns of how those who care for children create the physical, emotional, and spiritual environments in which resilience is nurtured.

Handbook of Adult Resilience

Author: John W. Reich,Alex J. Zautra,John Stuart Hall

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 146250647X

Category: Psychology

Page: 540

View: 399


What enables people to bounce back from stressful experiences? How do certain individuals maintain a sense of purpose and direction over the long term, even in the face of adversity? This is the first book to move beyond childhood and adolescence to explore resilience across the lifespan. Coverage ranges from genetic and physiological factors through personal, family, organizational, and community processes. Contributors examine how resilience contributes to health and well-being across the adult life cycle; why—and what happens when—resilience processes fail; ethnic and cultural dimensions of resilience; and ways to enhance adult resilience, including reviews of exemplary programs.

Nurturing Adoptions

Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma

Author: Deborah D. Gray

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857006073

Category: Psychology

Page: 512

View: 7826


Adopted children who have suffered trauma and neglect have structural brain change, as well as specific developmental and emotional needs. They need particular care to build attachment and overcome trauma. This book provides professionals with the knowledge and advice they need to help adoptive families build positive relationships and help children heal. It explains how neglect, trauma and prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol affect brain and emotional development, and explains how to recognise these effects and attachment issues in children. It also provides ways to help children settle into new families and home and school approaches that encourage children to flourish. The book also includes practical resources such as checklists, questionnaires, assessments and tools for professionals including social workers, child welfare workers and mental health workers. This book will be an invaluable resource for professionals working with adoptive families and will support them in nurturing positive family relationships and resilient, happy children. It is ideal as a child welfare text or reference book and will also be of interest to parents.

A Walking Disaster

What Surviving Katrina and Cancer Taught Me About Faith and Flourishing

Author: Jamie Aten

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781599475448

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 8871


Dr. Jamie Aten, a leading researcher in the psychology of disaster recovery, learns some profound and counterintuitive lessons after he is struck by stage IV colon cancer. Aten's journey--recounted here in intimate first-person detail--began in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck his community. After witnessing the devastation wrought by the storm, he refocused his professional attention toward helping people make meaning of their suffering and develop the resilience to rebuild their lives. His work in this area led him to study disaster zones around the globe and to create the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College. His expertise, however, was little comfort when a fateful visit with his oncologist revealed advanced colon cancer. Thrust suddenly into a battle for his life, with cancer cells and chemotherapy ravaging his body, Dr. Aten found his professional interest taking on new meaning. His ordeal taught him counterintuitive truths about how we can sustain ourselves when burdened with seemingly unbearable suffering. Some of his insights include: to find hope, give up optimism; when you want help the least is when you need it most; and contra some well-meaning platitudes, a cancer diagnosis (or some other calamity) is not a blessing from God. This last point speaks to the spiritual dimension of Dr. Aten's story. As he struggled to understand the significance of his suffering, he found himself examining his Christian faith down to its bedrock and learned to experience the immediate presence of God in his life. Dr. Aten has a natural exuberance and unquenchable thirst for life that shines through in his writing. Infused with his compassionate voice and humanitarian concern, A Walking Disaster is ultimately an inspirational story about the power of the human spirit to endure trauma with courage.

Building Resilience to Trauma

The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models

Author: Elaine Miller-Karas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136480897

Category: Psychology

Page: 214

View: 3105


After a traumatic experience, survivors often experience a cascade of physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual responses that leave them feeling unbalanced and threatened. Building Resilience to Trauma explains these common responses from a biological perspective, reframing the human experience from one of shame and pathology to one of hope and biology. It also presents alternative approaches, the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), which offer concrete and practical skills that resonate with what we know about the biology of trauma. In programs co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, ADRA International and the department of behavioral health of San Bernardino County, the TRM and the CRM have been used to reduce and in some cases eliminate the symptoms of trauma by helping survivors regain a sense of balance. Clinicians will find that they can use the models with almost anyone who has experienced or witnessed any event that was perceived as life threatening or posed a serious injury to themselves or to others. The models can also be used to treat symptoms of vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue.


The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges

Author: Steven Southwick,Dennis Charney

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108441661

Category: Medical

Page: 250

View: 9045


This inspiring book presents ten factors to help anyone become stronger and more resilient to life's challenges.


Live Beyond a Feel-Good Faith and Build a Spiritual Foundation that Lasts

Author: Ron Luce

Publisher: Charisma Media

ISBN: 1621369722

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 8905


If your foundation is faulty, how will you stand? We live in a “feel-good” culture. Somehow in a world where emotions were meant to enhance our lives we’ve allowed them to dominate. What’s more, we’re told that if we don’t follow our feelings we’re not being authentic. It is no wonder that this attitude follows us into our churches. As a result, when problems arise or good things don't happen as we expect, we question our faith, wondering why God doesn’t care. Resilient explores the watered-down, feel-good ways the Christian faith is often presented that result in a shaky foundation. Sharing the real-life struggle he experienced when his oldest daughter, Hannah, almost died during a plane crash that claimed the lives of four of her friends, Ron Luce shows you how to: · Train yourself for endurance rather than just strength · Build your confidence in God when you don’t understand · Develop a resilient faith that will get you through the good and the bad

Building Resilience at Work

Author: Kathryn McEwen

Publisher: Australian Academic Press

ISBN: 1921513837

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 148

View: 8036


Our resilience, or capacity to bounce back and even thrive in pressured times, is critical in workplaces today. With higher workloads, declining resources and frequent change, together with the hectic pace of personal lives, resilience is almost a key to survival. While strategies to build resilience have long been of interest in the arenas of parenting, education and disaster recovery, less focus has been placed on how these ideas can be translated into building resilient workplaces. Resilient people are more optimistic, adaptable and independent. They are also better at solving problems and have sound levels of self-control. Resilient teams have similar characteristics, and find it easier to rebound from setbacks and adapt to change and pressure. All of these characteristics can be developed. Based on sound psychological theory, Building Resilience at Work is a practical and easy-to-read book providing a proven path to self-help in developing personal resilience.

Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel

Strengthening Your Mental Armor

Author: Stephanie M. Conn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781138643673

Category: Police

Page: 202

View: 6542


Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel illuminates the psychological, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual impact of police work on police officers, administrators, emergency communicators, and their families. Author Stephanie Conn, a clinician and researcher as well as a former police officer and dispatcher, debunks myths about weakness and offers practical strategies in plain language for police employees and their families struggling with traumatic stress and burnout. Sections of each chapter also offer guidance for frequently overlooked roles such as police administrators and civilian police employees. Using real-world anecdotes and exercises, this book provides strengths-based guidance to help navigate the many complex and sometimes difficult effects of police and emergency work.

Learning from Resilient People

Lessons We Can Apply to Counseling and Psychotherapy

Author: Morley D. Glicken

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452267596

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 1576


This comprehensive core textbook analyzes how resilient people navigate the troubled waters of life's traumas and identifies how learning about resilience may help cultivate this quality in other, less resilient, people. Author Morley D. Glicken explains the inner self-healing processes of resilient people and helps individuals training in the helping professions to learn to use these processes in working with their clients.