UBC Mental Health Responders for Crisis Trauma and Disaster Events Discussion

Mental Health Responders for Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Events

Critical incident responders come from a variety
of fields. Rescue workers (e.g., police, firefighters, emergency
medical professionals) are often the first-line responders. However, the
helping professionals and volunteers from emergency response
organizations are often just behind the first-line responders,
allocating resources, assessing situations, and addressing mental health
needs of survivors.

Practitioners respond to a variety of critical
incidents, such as natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, and
tornadoes); human-made disasters (e.g., oil spills and chemical
accidents); acts of terrorism (e.g., the Oklahoma City bombing and
9/11); crises (e.g., job loss or surviving an airplane crash); as well
as other trauma-causing events (e.g., childhood abuse, war, and hostage
situations). The roles and responsibilities of responders vary,
depending on the specifics of each situation. A helping professional
responds differently when working with a natural disaster survivor than
he or she would when working with a sexual abuse survivor. In this
Discussion, you compare the different roles and responsibilities of
responders when responding to various critical incidents.

For this Discussion, select two critical
incidents to which helping professionals respond. Think about the
similarities and differences in the roles and responsibilities of
responders, depending on the critical incident to which they are

Post a brief description of each of the
two critical incidents you selected to which helping professionals
respond. Then, explain the similarities and differences between the
roles and responsibilities of those responders. Finally, share the
insights you gained or conclusions you drew based on the comparison.

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