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Articles of the Week: 11/26/12

Compassion - Employment  10/26/12    JOB OPENING/OPPORTUNITY

Provides Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) interventions in catastrophic situations and emergencies in coordination with Compassion's Crisis….

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Vacancy: Stress Counsellor, New York    October 2012   JOB OPENING/OPPORTUNITY

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Organizational Setting and Reporting The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The post is located in the Critical Incident Stress Management Unit (CISMU), within the Field Support Service. This post reports to the Chief of CISMU. Education Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in psychology, psychiatry, psychoeducational studies and/or special education. A valid certification to practice at national level in clinical psychology, psychiatry, psychoeducation, and/ or special education is required. Additional certification in a broad range of related fields, such as alcohol/substance abuse, family counselling, critical incident stress management, and or cross-cultural communication is desirable. http://unjobs.org/vacancies/1351099207382


The Effectiveness of Psychological First Aid as a Disaster Intervention Tool: Research Analysis of Peer-Reviewed Literature From 1990-2010. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012 Oct;6(3):247-252.  

Fox JH, Burkle FM Jr, Bass J, Pia FA, Epstein JL, Markenson D.Source Disaster Mental Health, American Red Cross, Northeastern New York Chapter, Albany (Dr Fox); Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge. Massachusetts; Department of International Health (Dr Burkle) and Department of Mental Health (Dr Bass), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland; American Red Cross First Aid and Safety and Preparedness, Disaster Health Sub-Council (Drs Fox, Burkle, Pia, and Bass and Mr Epstein) and Advisory Council (Dr Markenson). Dr Fox is a psychologist in private practice, Albany, New York. Dr Pia is an independent consultant in New York, New York. Abstract Objective:  The Advisory Council of the American Red Cross Disaster Services requested that an independent study determine whether first-aid providers without professional mental health training, when confronted with people who have experienced a traumatic event, offer a "safe, effective and feasible intervention." Methods:  Standard databases were searched by an expert panel from 1990 to September 2010 using the keyword phrase "psychological first aid." Documents were included if the process was referred to as care provided to victims, first responders, or volunteers and excluded if it was not associated with a disaster or mass casualty event, or was used after individual nondisaster traumas such as rape and murder. This search yielded 58 citations. Results:  It was determined that adequate scientific evidence for psychological first aid is lacking but widely supported by expert opinion and rational conjecture. No controlled studies were found. There is insufficient evidence supporting a treatment standard or a treatment guideline. Conclusion:  Sufficient evidence for psychological first aid is widely supported by available objective observations and expert opinion and best fits the category of "evidence informed" but without proof of effectiveness. An intervention provided by volunteers without professional mental health training for people who have experienced a traumatic event offers an acceptable option. Further outcome research is recommended. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23077267


Job: Consultant - Peer Helper Program Training Co-Facilitator, UNDP, Kenya  

11/8/12    (UN)  Kenya  JOB OPENING/OPPORTUNITY The Critical Incident Stress Management Unit (CISMU)-Somalia works to provide psychosocial support to UN personnel working inside Somalia and for Somalia offices in Nairobi. One of the objectives of CISMU is to establish Critical Incident ...