There are several resources I want to bring to your attention. First, Gift From Within provides resources on PTSD for survivors and caregivers. Some especially relevant resources on GFW's web site include:
Kathleen Nader, D.S.W.Erwin Randolph Parson, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Inner City Children of Trauma: Urban Violence Traumatic StressResponse Syndrome (U-VTS) and Therapists' Responses
- Dr. Kathi Nader and Dr. Robert
Disaster: Planning and Initial Interventions
Frank M. Ochberg, M.D.
Bound By A Trauma Called Columbine
Kathleen Nader, D.S.W.
Guilt Following Traumatic Events
EFFORTS TO HELP
Many are offering help in one way or another. Here are some examples.
Here's what one group of social work students from the University of Maryland did to help the Newtown survivors:
Social Work Students Send Sympathy Cards to Newtown
Give an Hour is coordinating to offer mental health services to those affected by the shooting:
Give an Hour to Offer Services for Conn. Tragedy
The American Red Cross is also providing support to the Newtown community:
American Red Cross Helps Support Community
Music can be a great healer.
The Voice "Hallelujah"
Vance Gilbert "26 Reasons"
There are many other articles, as well as discussions going on on various social media sites and social work sites...too many to mention.
What do you think are the next steps for social workers in the aftermath of this tragedy? How has it affected your social work practice? What resources/ideas have you found helpful for you and your clients?