Resources Knowledge Acquisition

Resources Knowledge Acquisition

Crisis Response Education and Resources Program

Knowledge Acquisition

The purpose of this section is to present resources for increasing knowledge in crisis response and disaster mental health.


Literature & Media

The Therapist

The CAMFT professional journal has published articles on various crisis response topics including recom­men­dations for planning response services. Select the following link to read the articles in the CAMFT Community Library


  • Acosta, Judith, LCSW and Judith Simon Prager, PhD. The Worst is Over: Verbal First Aid to Calm, Relieve Pain, Promote Healing, and Save Lives. 2002
  • De Jong, Peter and Insoo Kim Berg. Interviewing for Solutions “Chapter 10 – Interviewing in Crisis Situations.” 2002
  • DeWolfe, Deborah J., PhD, MSPH. Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism. 2004
  • DeWolfe, Deborah J., PhD, MSPH. Training Manual for Mental Health and Human Services Workers in Major Disasters. 2000
  • Dietz, Timothy W., BS. Scenes of Compassion: A Responder’s Guide for Dealing with Emergency Scene Emotional Crisis. 2001
  • Dyregrov, Atle. Psychological Debriefing: A Leader’s Guide for Small Group Crisis Intervention. 2003
  • Everly, George S., Jr., PhD and Jeffery T. Mitchell, PhD. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing: An Operations Manual for CISD, Defusing, and Other Group Crisis Intervention Services. 1993
  • Everly, George S., Jr., PhD and Jeffery T. Mitchell, PhD. Critical Incident Stress Management: A New Era and Standard of Care in Crisis Intervention. 1997
  • Farberow, Norman L. and Norma S. Gordon. Manual for Child Health Workers in Major Disasters.1981
  • Johnson, Kendall, PhD. Classroom Crisis: The Teacher’s Guide. 2004
  • Johnson, Kendall, PhD. School Crisis Management: A Hands-on Guide to Training Crisis Response Teams. 2000
  • Lee, Russell and Dan Casey, ed. Crisis and Trauma in Colleges and Universities. 2004
  • Lerner, Mark D., PhD and Raymond D. Shelton, PhD. Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management: Addressing the Emergent Psychological Needs of Individuals, Groups, and Organizations Before, During, and After a Traumatic Event. 2005
  • Myers, Diane, RN, MSN. Disaster Response and Recovery: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals. 1994
  • Oriol, William. Psychosocial Issues for Older Adults in Disasters. 1999
  • Roberts, Albert R., ed. Crisis Intervention Handbook: Assessment, Treatment, and Research. 2000
  • Schoenfeldt, Mary. Picking up the Pieces: Responding to School Crisis. 1999


Internet & Phone Apps


  • The Headington Institute strengthens humanitarian and emergency response organizations by promoting the wellbeing of their staff through self-care techniques, resources and support and promoting physical hardiness, emotional resilience, and spiritual vitality of humanitarian relief and emergency response personnel.
  • The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) has the latest information on childhood trauma, trauma-informed care, research, interventions and resources.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery program provides communities and responders with behavioral health resources that help them prepare, respond, and recover from disasters.
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline dedicated to providing year-round immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Phone Apps

  • FEMA Mobile App: Prepare, Weather Alerts Disaster Resources, Disaster Reporter, Social Hub, FEMA Blog
  • Red Cross Mobile Apps for Natural Disaster: Emergency App, Hurricane App, Tornado App, Earthquake App, Flood App, Wildfire App.
  • SAMHSA’s Social Media and Disasters provides resources for public and private institutions and individual citizens to use social media to spread essential disaster-related messages to the masses in real time.