Variation in Response to Natural Disasters

Variation in Response to Natural Disasters

Variation in Response to Natural Disasters

 

Natural disasters vary in intensity, and the direct effects on a child’s home and family vary as well.

Identify a recent natural disaster that has been in the news or is of special interest to you. Note the presenting issues in therapy and choose a play-therapy technique to use in these circumstances. Indicate in your post whether this technique could be done in the field (that is, on site) or if it is better suited for an office environment, and explain why. Explain how children’s responses to the intervention may vary depending on the location, age of the child, and nature of the disaster.

References
Baggerly, J. (2006). Preparing play therapists for disaster response: Principles and procedures. International Journal of Play Therapy, 15(2), 59–81.
This article provides important considerations for therapists working as responders after a natural disaster.
Shelby, J., Avina, C., & Warnick, H. (2010). Posttraumatic parenting: A parent-child dyadic treatment for young children’s posttraumatic adjustment. In C. E. Schaefer (Ed.), Play therapy for preschool children (pp. 69–87). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
This chapter looks at the relationship between the parent’s responses and the adjustment of children after a trauma.
Shepard, B., Kulig, J., & Botey, A. P. (2017). Counselling children after wildfires: A school-based approach. Canadian Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy / Revue Canadienne de Counseling et de Psychothérapie, 51(1), 61–80.
Szente, J. (2016). Assisting children caught in disasters: Resources and suggestions for practitioners. Early Childhood Education Journal, 44(3), 201–207