Traumatic Loss
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

ACCESS - 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:
Living with 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 Foundation (ICISF)
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
Phone:(410) 750-9600
Fax:(410) 750-9601

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.
(410) 313-2473

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.

They offer:

  • 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 others

  • 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) 586-6065
(413) 785-8047 beeper (24 hours a day)

Western Massachusetts CISD Team
7 Denniston Place
Northampton, MA 01060

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