Security & Disaster Management

Disaster Recovery
Community-Based Psychosocial Support in the Aftermath

Editor: Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz, PhD

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Disaster Recovery

In production
Pub Date: Oct, 2017
Hardback Price: $139.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771886314
Pages: Approx 300p w/Index
Binding Type: hardback

This new volume, Disaster Recovery: Community-Based Psychosocial Support in the Aftermath, provides a wealth of realistic and applicable information for addressing mental health related issues resulting from disasters. It will provide readers with both a theoretical and practical look at community-based psychosocial support and community consultation from an interdisciplinary perspective. The last thirty years have brought to the fore the importance of psychosocial support as an integrator and cross-cutting theme in disaster response. The need for a timely volume on this topic at this time is based on recent world efforts to include the topic within the disaster risk reduction framework.

In this volume, the authors share their practical knowledge about development of community-based psychosocial support based on the hundred of thousands of people in fourteen countries and three continents who provided an immense amount of knowledge about psychosocial support through their participation in programs. These programs helped to lead the way in sharing the strategies and tools presented in here.

This book uses case study methodology and practical examples to share how communities can come together, care for themselves, and use their social capital and problem-solving skills to survive and thrive. The information in the book will aid in the development of program offerings for mental health and psychosocial support in disasters and humanitarian emergencies. The final section will provide the components of a proposal for external work and a chapter on monitoring and evaluation. The book will include case studies to help illustrate the content.

Edited by Dr. Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz, a 2008 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s International Humanitarian Award, the book is based on his extensive experience and existing research in the field. According to the editor, there are currently no suitable guidelines for managing disorders related to stress resulting from disasters. Actors working in post-conflict and natural disaster settings are increasingly interested in mental health care. This book aims to fill that gap.

The information provided here with be helpful to those working in or teaching on disaster management and support, including professors and instructors, students in social work and psychology, government and non-government agencies personnel in the field in places where emerging conflicts are occurring, and many others.

Key features:

  • provides a wealth of realistic and applicable information for addressing mental health related issues resulting from disasters
  • relays the lessons learned from aid professionals from around the world
  • uses case studies to help illustrate the content


1. Theoretical Building Blocks for Community-Based Psychosocial Support
Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz

2. Historical Overview of Recent Policy Statements, Guidance, and Agreements Pertaining to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz

3. Components of Community-Based Psychosocial Support in Sri Lanka: Planning, Implementing, Monitoring, and Evaluating Community Resilience Project
Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz and Anjana Dayal Prewitt

4. Psychosocial Support in South and South East Asia: From the Gujarat Earthquake to the Tsunami
Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz

5. Development of a Linguistically Appropriate Instrument in Two States in India
Satyabrata Dash, Anjana Dayal, and Rshmi Lakshinarayana

6. Historical Overview of Psychosocial Support Program Response to the 2004 South Asia Tsunami
Anjana Dayal Prewitt

7. CBPSS (Community-Based Psychosocial Support) as Process and Tool for Protection of the Vulnerable Survivors of Disaster
Subhashis Bhatra

8. Implementation of Community-Based Psychosocial Support in South Asia
Satyabrata Dash

9. Psychosocial Support as a Priority in Ebola Response: Structured Interventions in Accordance with IASC- MHPSS Guidelines
Pramudith Rupasinghe

10. The First Psychosocial Procedures in Zenie: Ebola Response in Liberia
Jean-Claude Kékoura Zoumanigui and Cecilie Alassandri

11. Safe Schools as a Psychosocial Support Tool for Addressing Threats
Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz

12. Psychosocial Support and Epidemic Control Interface: A Case Study
Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz

13. Psychosocial Support in Communities: A Review of Evidence-Informed Practice
Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz


About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz, PhD
CEO, Center for the Study of Psychosocial Support, Alexandria, Virginia

Joseph O. Prewitt Díaz, PhD, is a practitioner scholar who has been doing field work and writing about psychosocial support in communities since 1998 in the Caribbean, the Americas, and South Asia, and has designed and implement the a community-based psychological support program in South Asia that served 732,000 people and trained over 22,000 interventors. He has authored or co-authored eight books in Spanish and English on psychosocial support and over 40 referred journal articles. His work was recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) by being awarded the International Humanitarian Award in 2008 for assisting in the design and preparation of international guidelines and standards, rapid response, training of staff, program management and implementation, and monitoring of psychosocial support on behalf of the American Red Cross (ARC) in South Asia. He served as the ARC Senior Technical Advisor for Psychosocial Support to the 2005. This $32 million-dollar program served over 733,700 and trained over 29,000 PSP technicians over a five-year period. He is currently serving as a Psychosocial Technical Expert with the IFRC Psychosocial Support Reference Center in Copenhagen, Denmark and the IFRC Americas Region integrating psychosocial support into component the Zika epidemic response.

His previous books include Advances in Disaster Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (2007) and Disaster Mental Health in India (2004).

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