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BCM Partners and Providers: Mental Health Professionals

Resources for mental health professionals

Developing Cultural Competence in Disaster Mental Health Programs link opens in a new window

The purpose of this guide is to assist States and communities in planning, designing, and implementing culturally competent disaster mental health services for survivors of natural and human-caused disasters of all scales.

Training Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters link opens in a new window

The manual details specific guidelines on how disasters affect children, adults, and older adults, the importance of tailoring the program to fit the community, descriptions of effective disaster mental health intervention, and strategies for preventing and managing worker stress. It also includes a comprehensive training course (Section 6) with eleven different activities which can be modified to the phase of the disaster response and tailored to current and anticipated needs of the community and program staff.

Disaster Response and Recovery: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals link opens in a new window

This publication is intended to be a “how to” document on basic, practical issues related to planning and implementing disaster mental health services. It provides specific, concrete information for managers who are involved in planning services as well as practitioners who are delivering services.