Episode 15 - Kathryn Kendall, LCSW: Promoting Mental Health in the Wake of Disaster

Monday, March 09, 2009, 2:19:01 PM

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This episode features a discussion on mental health in the wake of natural, technological, and man-made disasters. Kathryn Kendall articulates the stages of disaster and mental health-promoting responses to individual and community trauma.

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Average Rating: 4stars  wake of disaster, Monday, April 22, 2013

By Amy H. :

This has been by far my favorite podcast I have listened to. I found it to be very informative about the types of disasters (natural, technological, and manmade). I was extremely interesting to hear about Kathryn Kendall’s experience with 9/11 and how it lead her to join the Red Cross. Kathryn Kendall made me want to join the Red Cross and do my part. Especially after the devastation Boston has experienced this past week. This really opened my eyes. I wish she would have gone further into depth about the intervention that the Red Cross utilizes. Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) sounded very interesting.

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Average Rating: 4stars  in the wake of disaster, Monday, January 18, 2010

By Christine, MSW student :

In the wake of the most recent natural disaster, the earthquake in Haiti, as I question my role in supporting the surviving community, I find the information and insight provided in this podcast by Kathryn Kendall, LCSW to be extremely useful and significant. As a social worker responding to disaster relief efforts, Ms. Kendall demonstrates the role that helping professionals can take when aiming to promote the mental health of those involved in a disaster. I was encouraged by the point Ms. Kendall made, that one of the responsibilities of social workers is to reach out to those in need, and that in the instance of disaster, helping involves educating on and normalizing the stressful responses a survivor is feeling. I was also impressed by Ms. Kendall’s understanding of collective trauma and her thoughts on providing services not only to individuals directly involved in a disaster, but to whole communities affected by the event. As Ms. Kendall noted, more often than not disaster relief calls for crisis intervention with individuals which can be a short-term process, but by showing support to extended community members, the helping and healing process can expand.

I was grateful when Ms. Kendall mentioned how disaster relief workers go through a debriefing and diffusing process during relief efforts. Vicarious trauma can have detrimental effects on social workers and other helping professionals. As Ms. Kendall alluded to, self-care and emotional burnout prevention is critical.

One thing Ms. Kendall briefly introduced which I am intrigued to learn more about is the CISM model of service intervention and others that are used to help reduce long term psychological problems in the wake of disasters.

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