VISTAS Trauma, Grief, Disaster, and Crisis Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.



Implementing CACREP Disaster/Crisis Standards for Counseling Students

Louise B. Graham

2010

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs’ (CACREP) standards now require the inclusion of disaster/crisis counseling in our counseling programs (CACREP, 2009). Two obvious options for the content program inclusion are given; one is to have a disaster/crisis intervention course, and the other is weaving this content through as a thread in multiple courses in the program. This paper presents the second option. Multicultural, Developmental, Psychopathology, Applied Counseling (skills), Practicum, and Internships courses most easily assimilate this information. Most of our students are not exposed to disaster/crisis counseling in their coursework or experientially. This paper introduces basic concepts of disaster counseling for curriculum inclusion in counseling programs. Common responses to disasters and the differentiation of normal from abnormal responses are presented. The role of the mental health counselor in a disaster/crisis situation is contrasted with the traditional counseling role. Survivor response examples are included from the author’s disaster experiences and vulnerable populations and their unique needs are identified. Finally, suggestions for disaster/crisis inclusion are given for each course.

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