Disastershock Handbook

How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster

Written By:
Brian Gerrard, PhD
Emily Girault, PhD
Valerie Appleton, EdD
Suzanne Giraurdo, EdD
Sue Shaffer, EdD

This handbook is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Elizabeth Bigelow and Dr. Larry Palmatier who inspired us through their courage, love, and commitment to helping others.

This book is intended to help you and your family to cope with disastershock. Part 1 describes ten effective methods you and other adults can use to reduce stress. Part 2 describes stress reduction methods you can use with your children. Teachers and other adults working with children will also find Part 2 useful.

Excerpt from the Introduction

Those who are killed in a disaster, and their families, are obviously victims of a disaster. Yet the suffering of those who are indirectly affected by a disaster can also be enormous. Disastershock can continue to affect more vulnerable adults and children for up to years following the disaster. This book is intended to help you to reduce disaster-related stress in yourself and in your family members. It is a first-aid manual in disaster stress reduction.

Using Expressive Arts with Families

Download our pdf of examples from Chapter 28: Creativity and Healing: Expressing Arts and Families by Nancy Iverson and Andrea Bass in School-Based Family Counseling: Transforming Family-School Relationships.

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Contact Info

Center for Child and Family Development

Offices are located at Mercy High School
3250 19th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132

Outreach Program Director
Toni Nemia, MFT:

Executive Director CCFD
Judy Goodell:
(415) 239-9300