Disaster Mental Health

Friday, March 17
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Program ID #665, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 9
School Mental Health Response and Resilience During the 2015 South Carolina Flood
30-Minute Poster Session
Jonathan Ohrt, Ryan Carlson, Tiffany M. Bordonada, Brooke C. Wymer Jessie D. Guest
Individuals who experience natural disasters are at risk for mental health concerns. Schools provide a place for children and their families to receive mental health services. In this study, the presenters used consensual qualitative research to explore the effects of the 2015 floods on school systems and how school mental health professionals intervened with children, families, school personnel, and the community. The presenters will discuss the findings and implications for future development and implementation of disaster response plans.


Saturday, March 18
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #723, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 9
Why Not Give Up? Optimism in Former Refugees and the Counselor’s Role
30-Minute Poster Session
Hannah E. Acquaye
The presence of refugees wreaks havoc on politicians, policymakers, and citizens. Despite this, there can be shared humanness. If refugees and immigrants can still maintain optimism despite the horrors they have endured, there can be room for shared experiences as well as vicarious psychological growth. All counseling professionals can use this population to help clients who are either similar or dissimilar to refugees and immigrants, because optimism is a shared human strength.


Sunday, March 19
12:00pm - 12:30pm
ASGW Featured Session
Program ID #849, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 7
Group Interventions in Disaster Mental Health
30-Minute Poster Session
Rebecca Rodriguez, Cynthia Stewart, Jonathon Kovalsky, Lauren Dershowitz, Maggie Zielinski
This poster session will review the use of group-based interventions after a disaster or traumatic event.  Initial responses in disaster mental health are often individually focused, yet groups have the potential to be an effective response for multiple reasons.  Presenters will highlight benefits of groups, discuss potential uses of groups in different settings and review existing models, and examine some of the challenges of using group-based interventions in disaster situations.


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