Episode 84 - Dr. Joshua Miller: Connection and Hope: Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters

Monday, November 14, 2011, 12:11:35 PM

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In this episode, Dr. Joshua Miller discusses the many types of disasters that affect people around the world and how to help individuals and communities recover. He highlights the social ecology of disaster and the consequences of different types of disasters on individuals, families, and communities. Dr. Miller proposes an alternative to traditional, individually-focused mental health approaches, called Psychosocial Capacity Building, which is multi-systemic and addresses collective cultural orientations and helps foster access to the social support and connections that exist in groups and communities.

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Average Rating: 5stars  refreshing approach to disaster relief, Saturday, February 04, 2017

By Anonymous :

I appreciated Dr. Miller's approach of not applying a "one size fits all" approach to disaster relief and using social work values to assess, listen, and ultimately to empower individuals in their own psychosocial context. I took a course on this issue with Dr. Miller at Smith many years ago and felt like this was a helpful refresher of the overall philosophy he's developed/developing.

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

By Holli Gass :

This podcast was very informative and relevant to this country's last week of events. The events that occurred in Boston and in Texas have left this country in morning and concern. One thing I wish Dr. Miller would have addressed further was the approach to preventative measures for disasters we will face and reaching to at risk neighborhoods to influence the aftermath of a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina. I think this can be a great feature to areas that are high risk for disasters but only for natural disasters at which are likely to happen. How could this have been in place for Boston? Or for Texas? I think for these types of events one really can't do much preventative measures. It is very unfortunate the events that took place this last week and we as the social work department should possibly consider a relief team to go and work with some of the victims with PTSD from these two events. As Dr. Miller put it, a team to work with the people and get to their level to working through their ways of overcoming these tragedies.

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Average Rating: 4stars  dr. miller episode 84 review, Tuesday, January 24, 2012

By Julia :

I found Dr. Miller to have an interesting and informed point of view on the topic of disaster recovery. He mentions major disasters as having both personal and public aspects. I think that this is essential in understanding how to assist individuals that have experienced a disaster in order to promote individual strengths and community cohesion. I have learned from experience in a disaster response department that social support and the feeling of being needed and helpful are two necessary elements to recovery in such situations. Dr. Miller touches on this well and emphasizes that the individuals are the experts and the workers should learn from them, asking how they feel in order to understand their grieving. Through this, I believe he does a good job of emphasizing a trauma informed approach. Dr. Miller also makes an interesting note of social workers that experience a disaster first hand, yet still have the job of helping others in the same community. This is a topic that is not often discussed and I was intrigued to hear it.

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Average Rating: 4stars  enhanced disaster response, Monday, January 16, 2012

By Dan :

Dr. Joshua Miller, PhD, has proposed an enhanced response, by social workers, to disasters. One of the key concepts he uses is that all indivuals have experienced trauma and or dealt with some kind of "disaster in one lifetime. Therefore he suggests that social workers help victim use their past experiences to aid tin their own recovery. He suggests that social workers go beyond the basic need of physiologic first aid and focus on the "family or community rather than individual case by case. He suggest that social workers also get involved by being good listeners, and participating and getting victims involved in aiding in the community as a whole recovery by using local resources rather than rely on outside resources.. I believe this is a reasonable and a good approach that will aid in the recovery both short and long term in helping communities recovery stronger and faster.

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