AGPA Resource Information for Dealing With Disasters

In light of the June 2016 shooting in Orlando, view this information on responding to hate crimes. Be sure to also view the first blog below.

Blogs:

How Do We Cope with Hate Crimes? Three Considerations

Psychological Preparation in the Face of Storm Warnings

The Impact of Hurricane Media Cues on Children

Reducing Disaster’s Impact: A Simple Guide to Psychological First Aid

For Parents

If you’re a parent, grandparent or caregiver looking for information on how to help your children cope with a tragedy, you need not be alone. As your children look to you for help, the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) is available to assist you in your efforts. The following may be of help:

Talking with our Children About Traumatic Events

What Every Person Should Know About Trauma (pdf)

When Disaster Hits a Community

Blog post from AGPA Community Outreach Task Force Co-Chair Suzanne Phillips

If you think you or your child may need professional help, please contact AGPA toll free at 877-668-AGPA (2472) or 212-477-2677 or search for a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) in our online directory. AGPA also publishes a helpful brochure all about group psychotherapy called, “Group Works!” It is available online or by calling 888-808-AGPA (2472)

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Additionally, the following books are good resources for helping children affected by trauma:

Trauma Through a Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids:  A Parent's Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy, and Resilience by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline

For the General Public

If you’re a victim, relative of a victim, or just experiencing difficulty understanding or dealing with a tragedy and its aftermath, we have assembled resources to help you, including books, articles, and links to other helpful websites.  

AGPA Feature Articles: 
What Every Person Should Know About Trauma (pdf)

Questions & Answers About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Why Groups Can Help

Additional resources

For Clinicians

If you’re a therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, physician, nurse, social worker or emergency worker being called upon to support and help those affected by the tragedy and its aftermath, the AGPA has assembled a collection of reference materials, including books, articles, and links to other websites, which address a variety of topics related to helping people affected by trauma. 

Learning Resources and Publications

Some Guidelines for Using Groups in the Early Treatment of Trauma

Notes on Psychological First Aid (PDF)

Guidelines for Working with First Responders (Firefighters, Police, Emergency Medical Service and Military) in the Aftermath of Disaster

Group Interventions for Treatment of Psychological Trauma (Links to electronic versions of the ten modules contained in this valuable trauma training curriculum.)

The Role of Group Psychotherapeutic Interventions in Youth Violence Reduction and Primary Prevention - A White Paper
A document prepared by the American Group Psychotherapy Association with the support of the Center for Mental Health Services - a summary and the complete document for downloading can be found here.

AGPA Feature Articles:

Treating Trauma Cases Using Groups

When Disaster Hits a Community

Why Groups Can Help

Reducing Disasters Impact:  A Simple Guide to Pychological First AidExcerpt from AGPA Member and Community Outreach Co-Chair Dr. Suzanne Phillips' blog

Volunteer Opportunities

For the Media

If you’re a member of the media searching for resources and information related to dealing with the trauma of disastrous events, AGPA is available to assist you. We’ve prepared a collection of useful resources, including fact sheets, articles, books, and links to other helpful websites. In addition, you have access to a panel of AGPA trauma experts from around the country available for interviews. For referral to an AGPA spokesperson, contact Diane C. Feirman, CAE, Public Affairs Director, at 212-477-2677 or dfeirman@agpa.org.

AGPA Feature Articles:
Talking with our Children About Traumatic Events
Questions & Answers About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
When Disaster Hits a Community

The Role of Group Psychotherapeutic Interventions in Youth Violence Reduction and Primary Prevention - A White Paper
A document prepared by the American Group Psychotherapy Association with the support of the Center for Mental Health Services - a summary and the complete document for downloading can be found here.

Additional Resources

Other Resources
The following are links to websites that contain additional information and resources on responding to traumatic events.

www.istss.org

www.aboutourkids.org

www.nctsn.org

www.apahelpcenter.org

http://ncptsd.va.org/

http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu

http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/dtac/dialogue/issue1_08.asp

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