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  Haiti Disaster Resource Center
January 21, 2010

Haiti Disaster Relief Center

Get a first hand look at how doctors from Children’s National are helping in Haiti. Some content on this page is mildly graphic.

The International Center to Heal Our Children was designed to provide information, training and outreach to communities coping with traumatic events and to specifically support the emotional healing of children who have been psychologically traumatized by disasters, acts of violence, and terrorism.

Visit www.childrensnational.org/ichoc for more information.
Fact Sheets for Healing

This series provides information on various topics in an easy to read format and are available as downloadable documents. These fact sheets were designed for use by parents, teachers and other caregivers. If information is reproduced in any way, the following statement must be included with the information: "Source: International Center to Heal Our Children, Division of Psychiatry, Children's National Medical Center." Fact sheets include:

  • For Parents and Families:
    Children and Traumatic Stress: Answers essential questions about the impact of a traumatic experience on a child.
    Preparing Your Family for Disasters: Every family should have a plan in case of emergency. These tips will help families prepare.
  • For Schools:
    Being Disaster Ready: Recommendations for Schools: This fact sheet contains recommendations for schools to help them prepare for traumatic events so that they can respond effectively if an actual event occurs. Educational programs for staff, resiliency programs for students, community communication plans, and disaster drills are discussed.

    Responding to a Crisis: Tips for Schools : This fact sheet contains actions a school should take from the critical first moments after a traumatic event occurs, through longer term, recovery-oriented actions. It also includes practical tips for dealing with the media during a crisis.

    Helping Children Heal After a Traumatic Event: Suggestions for the Classroom: This resource walks teachers through the preparations they should make be ready for a future traumatic event. It also provides a checklist of recommended actions for taking care of a child's mental health after an event has occurred.

    Disaster Self Care Action Plan for School Teachers: Teachers will learn the preparations they should make in the case of a future traumatic event. This resource also provides a checklist of recommended actions for taking care of a child's mental health after an event has occurred.

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Hands-on Approaches to Helping Children Heal from Traumatic Events
by Lisa Diamond-Raab, MA, LPC, ATR-BC, CP, Paramjit Toor Joshi, MD, Shulamit Michal Lewin, MHS, and Shari Goddard
Description:
This 158-page, full color book is the sequel to the Handbook of Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disasters, or Terrorism, and provides concrete examples of expressive strategies to use with children following traumatic events.
Handbook of Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disasters, or Terrorism
by Paramjit T. Joshi, MD Shulamit M. Lewin, MHS, and Deborah A. O'Donnell, PhD (2002)
Description:
This comprehensive handbook provides teachers, parents, school staff, child care providers, and others who take care of children with information about how to recognize normal child reactions to stress. It explains how to recognize and understand the stages of grief in children and adolescents and how to identify children who need help and are at risk for long-term stress related conditions. It also describes common ways that children of different ages cope with stress.
The Handbook of Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disasters, or Terrorism - Spanish Edition
Manual de Preguntas Hechas Frecuentemente Cuando Ocurren Eventos Traumaticos: Violencia, Desastres o Terrorismo.
Descripción:
Haga sobre la figura para descargar o para comprar una copia. El precio mínimo cobrado por copia ayuda a solventar los costos de impresión, empaque y correo. Para obtener más información sobre cómo obtener copias de las versiones en inglés y en español, por favor telefonee al 202-476-2434 (llamada internacional 1-202-476-2434).

Esta traducción fue hecha con el apoyo financiero del Child Health Center Board y de la fundación ChevronTexaco.