In Times of Crisis : Supporting Others, Supporting Ourselves. John Gaspari, LCSW Executive Director USC Center for Work and Family Life. Center for Work and Family Life. Available Services: Faculty and Staff Counseling Faculty, Management and Departmental Consultation
In Times of Crisis:Supporting Others,Supporting Ourselves
John Gaspari, LCSW
USC Center for Work and Family Life
But what happens when there is a flood?
“Just because you have experienced a disaster does not mean you will be damaged by it, but you will be changed by it.”
“We’re a community that believes in
‘love thy neighbor’,
but right now we need to love our neighbors a little bit more.”
Phases of Disaster
(a new beginning)
Working Through Grief
(coming to terms)
Trigger Events and
Time 1 to 3 days 1 to 3 years
I'd like to get some basic information from you so that I can help you better. Where do you hurt?
This is communicated with:
Responder Stress and Well-Being:
Helping the Helpers
Main point – Disaster stress is a normal response to an abnormal circumstance. If symptoms persist, they must be treated.
C. Fasser, 2004; B. Young, 2006
For most people, things get better with time…
Human Behavior in High Stress Environments
CERT team leaders:
Do not create an expectation there will be a problem, but when there is a problem,
go get help.
Lt. Col Dave Grossman (ret.)
When you come to the edge
of all that you know,
You must believe in
one of two things;
There will be earth
on which to stand,
or You will be given wings.