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Coping with Disasters: Peer Listening Training

Prince William Sound Regional Citizens

Research on rural communities and disaster-effects has shown that many of the people who are effected by disasters are reluctant to use traditional mental health services, particularly when the disaster is man-made. Furthermore, traditional mental health services may not be effective at dealing with the long-term effects of disaster. One of the alternative treatments that has been found to be effective is peer counseling. This guide provides an overview of Peer Listening and a complete training manual conatining sections on disasters and mental health, communication skills, dealing with anger, common concerns, and support seeking. The training manual is located on pages 163 - 276 and is available for download below.

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