Healing a Community: Lessons for Recovery after a Large-Scale Trauma


About the Book

The tragedy of large-scale trauma has etched the names of cities on a national monument of heartbreak and senseless loss. First responders, caregivers, and civic leaders are often left with the daunting task of navigating the emotional and physical aftermath to stitch their communities back together-a process of recovery that can take months and years. Healing a Community offers real-world advice from one of the country's preeminent community response and recovery leaders. As the coordinator of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team (NRRT), Glaser's task was to address the emotional impact and guide the mental health response after a gunman killed twenty children and six adults at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

During the twenty months NRRT spent in Newtown, they developed a unique set of therapeutic and transferable best practices that other communities can learn from and immediately adopt. Glaser also details the consequences of well-meaning outsiders, sudden media attention, and long-term financial needs of recovery efforts. The book includes the latest research on complicated grief, trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder, in addition to cutting edge educational programming and treatment modalities. The unfortunate value of the lessons learned in Newtown is that they can be passed along to create a universal community mental health disaster plan so that leaders, therapists, and families will know what to expect and do the next time tragedy occurs.

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