This Disastershock book is intended to help families and communities to cope with disaster related stress such as that caused by natural disasters like the Covid-19 pandemic, earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis, and floods, as well as man-made disasters like terrorist attacks and explosions.
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.
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Can reading a book really help you cope with stress?
Check out our Disastershock Healing Lecture Series inaugural presentation:
HEALING TRAUMA: A NEUROPLASTICITY APPROACH
ILENE NAOMI RUSK, PhD
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."
NYNA AMIN, PhD
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
A PRACTICAL RESOURCE FOR PARENTS AND ADULTS TO HELP CHILDREN COPE WITH STRESS CAUSED BY THE 2020 COVID 19 PANDEMIC
Are your children experiencing stress? Join pediatric psychologist, Dr. Jill West from Ochsner Hospital for Children, in learning a technique to make them feel better: Deep Breathing for Kids
In this video, Dr. Amanda Heins, the supervising psychologist at Rogers Behavioral Health's OCD and Anxiety Center Adolescent Residential Care in Oconomowoc, WI, gives tips on how you can help school-aged kids during the COVID-19 crisis.
Watch this video in which Health and Wellness Educator Nicole Lamb interviews Maryellen Mullin, LMFT, Founder of San Francisco Family Therapy, and Board Member of the Center for Child & Family Development, Western Institute for Social Research, Berkeley. The video gives parents practical tips on how to resolve conflict with teens during the pandemic.
Watch this video by Dr. Stephen Zlutnick, Professor Emeritus, Counseling Psychology Department, University of San Francisco, on how adults can cope effectively with Covid 19 stress.
Read this article on how to cope with post pandemic re-entry to life.
HOW THE DISASTERSHOCK PROJECT DEVELOPED
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.