| Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services
An organization established to aid and facilitate the grieving process
of people who have been affected by or involved in an air crash.
Books on PTSD -
GriefNet Bookstore List
Gift From Within
"Gift from Within is a 501 (c) (3) a nonprofit organization dedicated
to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk
for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Our philosophy
is to rekindle hope and restore dignity to trauma survivors. GFW's Founder,
Frank Ochberg, is a former associate director of the National Institute of Mental
Health and is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating post-traumatic stress
disorder and the effects of violence."
NEW DVD/VIDEO from A Gift From Within:
PTSD: Lessons for Partners, Friends and Supporters
This program is valuable for those who care about the PTSD sufferer
in their life. It explains what PTSD is, why it is important to learn
about this medical disorder, what you can do to help, ways to treat it,
how to deal with the caregiver burden and how PTSD affects the family
and other relationships.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
International Critical Incident Stress
The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF)
is a non-profit, open membership foundation dedicated to the prevention
and mitigation of disabling stress through the provision of: Education,
training and support services for all Emergency Services professions;
Continuing education and training in Emergency Mental Health Services
for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Licensed Professional
Counselors; and Consultation in the establishment of Crisis and Disaster
Response Programs for varied organizations and communities worldwide.
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.
10176 Baltimore National Pike, Unit 201
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Over 400 specially trained Critical Incident
Stress Management (CISM) Teams throughout all fifty states and in 16
other countries are prepared to assist emergency workers or organizations
faced with a stressful incident. A 24-HOUR
HOTLINE allows the emergency personnel to link up with this network
of CISM teams.
24 HOUR EMERGENCY HOTLINE:
National Association for Search
and Rescue (NASAR)
"NASAR is a non-profit membership association comprised of thousands of
dedicated paid and non-paid professionals - all active or interested in
search and rescue, disaster aid, emergency medicine and awareness education.
We are a self-supporting, non-profit association acting as the country's
"admirable servant" in furthering the advancement of professional, literary
and scientific knowledge and training in these fields. We are interested
in all aspects of search and rescue - the humanitarian cause of saving lives
- throughout the United States and around the world."
Included in the site is Beyond
Rescue: The Psychodynamics, an excellant article with good information.
WMEMS Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
Western Massachusetts CISD Team Serving: Emergency Medical Services,
Fire Departments, Police Departments, Dispatchers, Emergency Departments,
Hospital Staff, Disaster Responders, and Ambulance Services. The
Western Massachusetts CISD Team provides a simple yet effective
method to help those emergency workers trying to cope with stressful
experiences. CISD promotes the continuation of productive careers
while building healthy stress management behaviors.
Stress education geared towards emergency service professionals Support
teams at the scene and after an incident Debriefing and defusing services
Family support programs including special programs for spouses and significant
A resource and referral network
The Western Massachusetts CISD team is composed of specially trained
emergency service and mental health professionals who volunteer their
time, energy and resources. Team members receive comprehensive training
and participate in regular continuing education sessions. The Western
Mass CISD Team is one of over one hundred teams serving emergency service
personnel nationally and internationally. This is a free service that
comes to you. While it serves primarily the Western Massachusetts region,
they are willing "to
travel as far as necessary."
To access the team call:
(413) 785-8047 beeper (24 hours a day)
Western Massachusetts CISD Team
7 Denniston Place
Northampton, MA 01060