About Disastershock

This Disastershock book is intended to help families and communities to cope with disaster related stress such as that caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Part I describes ten effective methods to be used to reduce stress. Part 2 describes 12 stress reduction methods to be used with children. Although Part 2 was written primarily for parents, teachers and other adults working with children will find it useful. Part 3 contains internet resources. A unique feature of Disastershock is that its practical stress reduction methods are described in an explicit manner making them easy to learn.


Available in 21 Languages

Praise for Disastershock

“This book (manual) is brilliant in its clarity and simplicity, with easy to follow evidence-based procedures on how parents can immediately help their child/children facing a major disaster."

TERESITA A. JOSE, Ph.D., R. Psych.


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

"A must-have resource for disaster management agencies, workers and victims of natural and human catastrophes. A compact manual, it provides practical information for mental and emotional recuperation to cope with the aftermath of life-threatening events and situations."


Associate Professor: Curriculum Studies University Distinguished Teacher School of Education

University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa


How to cope with the emotional stress of a major disaster

Watch this video of a seminar by Disastershock Global Volunteer Team members describing the origin of the book Disastershock, how the global team was formed, and providing reports from the Chinese, Spanish, and New York City team leaders. This seminar was sponsored by the Western Institute for Social Research, Berkeley, California on May 16, 2020.


Watch this brief video by

Dr. Suzanne Giraudo, co-author of Disastershock, in which she discusses common stress responses of children to the pandemic and effective ways parents can reassure their children.


For further information about Disastershock or joining the Disastershock Global Volunteer Team, please email us:   

Dr. Brian Gerrard gerrardb@usfca.edu | Dr. Sue Linville Shaffer drsueshaffer@gmail.com.

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