Stress Management in Disasters

2001The Pan American Health Organization/WHO, Cyralene P. Bryce

This workbook (26 p) describes the SMID concept (Stress Management in Disasters in the Caribbean), a “comprehensive, peer-driven, multi-component stress management program which is administered on a volunteer basis and was designed to prevent and to mitigate the psychological dysfunction which exposure to traumatic situations like disasters may cause in emergency response personnel. The program is based on the principles of crisis intervention and critical incident stress management and it is not intended to take the place of professional therapy”.

Key wordsCompassion Fatigue / Secondary traumatization / Vicarious trauma