Discussion Questions 5

Discussion Questions 5 - Bryan Mattfeld PID: 905412174...

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Bryan Mattfeld PID: 905412174 November 11 th , 2009 1. There were numerous barriers through which psychologists had to navigate when responding to Hurricane Katrina. Most notable of these were the logistical strain of arriving at a disaster area. It was difficult to get the funding and accommodations necessary to provide help to trauma victims, and it was only through solid planning that psychologists were able to make an impact. Also, there was the risk of vicarious trauma, in which psychologists suffered ill effects of empathizing with disaster victims. They themselves had to be screened to assure they were in good mental health. Furthermore, many psychologists had personal conflicts regarding their private practice and its standing within the area, and thus had to balance a variety of conflicts. 2. One of the major interventions was a school-based intervention to reduce symptoms of stress in children. It was applied through a cognitive therapy group which met with children to reduce feelings of anxiety, fear, and violence
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