"This manual is a second edition and is intended to reaffirm and extend the concepts expressed in the first edition written by Norman L. Farberow, Ph.D., and Norma S. Gordon, Ph.D., and published in 1981 under the title 'Manual for Child Health Workers in Disasters'. Since 1981, the nation has experienced many major, natural disasters and several devastating, human-caused disasters. In all cases, these events deeply affected children. The collective experience of individuals involved in disaster work over two decades has repeatedly demonstrated the special vulnerability of children to the impact of traumatic events and the importance of providing crisis counseling and recovery assistance within the context of their special world. An extensive review of the professional literature, materials developed through various Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) funded Crisis Counseling Program grants and contracts, and personal communications with numerous crisis counseling and outreach workers contribute to the substantive additions to the original volume. This manual provides information and guidance for individuals concerned with the mental health needs of children who experience major disasters. This back-ground, training, and experience will vary and may include health and mental health professionals, professional and paraprofessional social service personnel, school and daycare personnel, clergy, volunteers, and parents. […]The information in this manual is intended as a supplement to the 'Training Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters, Second Edition' (CMHS, 2000), which provides an overview of essential information for training disaster mental health workers. It is our hope that the material presented in this manual serves as an effective resource in the tool kit for disaster workers."
United States. Department of Health and Human Services