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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Mountain DMH Institute Press; 1st edition (August 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932690425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932690422
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Doherty resides in Laramie, WY where he founded the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute, Inc. He is currently employed as the President/CEO of this organization and also serves as Clinical Coordinator of the Snowy Range Critical Incident Stress Management Team.

He has been involved with disaster relief since 1995, serving as a Disaster Mental Health Specialist with such incidents as the UP train wreck in Laramie, Hurricane Fran in North Carolina, the Cincinnati floods in Falmouth, KY and Tropical Storm Allison in Southeast Texas. He served as Supervisor for Disaster Mental Health for flash floods in Ft. Collins, and spent a month as the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Coordinator for western Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane George.

He has also published numerous articles in disaster mental health and traumatic stress publications and served as Guest Editor for 2 Special Editions of the journal Traumatology (1999 & 2004).

He served as an officer in the US Air Force and was an OTS instructor, squadron commander and other positions. Additionally, he served 11 years involved in Air Search & Rescue with Civil Air Patrol in WY as Squadron Commander, Deputy Wing Commander, Air Operations Officer, and Master Observer. Certified Instructor with the Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).

He has extensive experience conducting CISM debriefings with first responders and others and is a member of a national crisis care network, providing assistance to companies and other organizations following critical incidents involving sudden deaths and similar traumatic events.

He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice and has been an adjunct instructor for a number of colleges, including Northern Nevada Community College and the University of Wyoming. Organizational memberships include the American Counseling Association, Voting Associate Member of the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AETS), Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS), Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA), Certificate of Specialized Training in the field of Mass Disaster and Terrorism, Wyoming Department of Health Hospital Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee; Research Advisor and Research Fellow: American Biographical Institute (ABI), Editorial Advisory Board Member and Book Reviewer: PsyCritiques (APA Journal), Life Member of the Air Force Association, and Life Member of the Military Officers Association of America, Life Member: Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association, Alumni Admissions Volunteer - Pennsylvania State University.

Publications include: Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction.; Editor and contributor for the Proceedings of Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conferences (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). Served as Guest Editor for Special issues of the journal Traumatology on Disaster Mental Health (1999) and Crises in Rural America (2004); Cross-cultural Counseling in Disaster Settings. - Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies (1999). Published reviews include: Understanding Oslo in Troubled Times; Responders to September 11, 2001: Counseling: Innovative Responses to 9/11 Firefighters, Families, and Communities; Genocide: A Human Condition?; Stress Management, Wellness and Organizational Health; Leadership Competency and Conflict; Leadership: Lessons from the Ancient World - all in PsyCritiques. Conference Director for annual Rocky Mountain Disaster Mental Health Conferences 1999 -present.

Additional past positions include: Masters Level Psychologist - Rural Clinics (State of Nevada), 1980 - 1986; Veterans Counselor (VA Contract) - 1980-1986, NV; Counselor - pre-delinquent children and families - CORA Services (Philadelphia, PA).1972-1975; Program Coordinator - Community Action Programs (EOAC, Office of Economic Opportunity - Waco/McLennan County, TX) 1968-1971.

Current Courses/Workshops he teaches include:

CRISIS INTERVENTION IN DISASTERS: TRAINING FOR WORKERS - AN INTRODUCTION - 12 CEU
CISM: INDIVIDUAL CRISIS INTERVENTION AND PEER SUPPORT CISM: GROUP CRISIS INTERVENTION
CISM: ADVANCED GROUP CRISIS INTERVENTION
CISM: Strategic Response to Crisis (Capstone Course)
* NEW: RETURN TO EQUILIBRIUM: Disaster Mental Health- 4 CEU
* NEW: RETURN TO EQUILIBRIUM: Returning Military And Families - 8 CEU
* From Crisis to Recovery:Strategic Planning for Response, Resilience and Recovery - 12 CEU

Email: rockymountain@mail2emergency.com
Mailing Address: Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute
Box 786
Laramie, WY 82073-0786

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler R. Tichelaar on April 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction" is an information-packed book about disasters and crises, the psychological impact of such events upon people, from the victims to the disaster workers, and also a psychological explanation of those who create crises, such as terrorists. Anyone who is considering being a disaster worker of any type, whether it is working for an organization like FEMA or even being an EMT, police officer, or volunteer fireman will find value in this book as it lays out various situations and what the disaster worker should know and be prepared to handle since an emergency or crisis could happen unexpectedly at any time.

Besides discussing the fundamentals of being a disaster worker, the book provides multiple examples of disasters in various parts of the world and more than anything, makes it clear how important it is to respect and understand the people and culture of an individual region. The most important and first point the book makes is in defining a crisis as "an individual's response to a situation rather than in terms of the situation itself. The same situation may produce a crisis in one person, but not in another. A crisis exists when a person feels so threatened in a situation that he/she cannot cope with it...Thus, a crisis exists IN a person." (p. 3)

This understanding of what defines a crisis is beneficial in the explorations the book provides of everything from chapters on "Children and Disasters" to "Special Risk Groups," Crises in Rural Areas" and "War" and "Terrorism and Terrorists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader Views on October 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (10/07)

As a certified first responder with the City of Austin Emergency Measures Office I was delighted to find more information to add to my training. (The City of Austin provided training as a result of 9/11 in the event Austin, Texas, experiences a disaster from terrorists or other incidents of major concern.) George W. Doherty's book certainly presents a concise and informative addition.

Doherty explains it all, from psychological aspects to dealing with stress, trauma, and repercussions as well as how to deal with children, adults, elderly, and those with special needs during a crisis. He also covers societal and cultural aspects; however, he did not cover religious/spiritual beliefs of various groups. (The training I took covered this facet and I believe would be a good addition to Doherty's detailed information. Knowing one's beliefs gives direction to the responder of how to deal with the individual under duress.) But, there is more - he not only covers disasters and critical incidents, he covers war and terrorism. In addition, one extremely important aspect Doherty discusses is self-care. He gives in-depth suggestions for debriefing and follow-up.

The back of the book gives selected references for further reading as well as a list of websites where more information is available. I felt this was an extremely good list and was amazed to see how much information was actually offered. Doherty also includes a "victims' needs" assessment and a course test. Reading this book and passing the course test will grant you a certificate with Contact Hours for approved organizations.

The only downfall of the book is the cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 5, 2008
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Disasters happen - and someone has to be there to help the victims. "Crisis Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction" discusses training practices for mental health professional whose task it is to assist victims of disaster-related stress and trauma, giving advice and tips about dealing with various disasters whether they be the product of man or nature. "Crisis Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction" is recommended to anyone whose career may take them into this type of profession and for any community library social science shelf.
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