Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Responding to Collective Trauma Through Community Connectedness
by Audsley, Richard W., Ph.D., Adams State University, 2018, 282; 10750384
Abstract (Summary)

Connections within communities have been recognized as a protective factor in the experience of collective trauma, yet many interventions have not accounted for the potential disruptions to connections within communities. The purpose of this dissertation project is to broaden the knowledge of ways to generate community connectedness through culturally appropriate and systemic interventions directed at social networks and communities, and the methodologies to implement them. One of the most notable findings following terrorism and immense psychosocial trauma is that family, community, and social network supports are the most significant factors in promoting recovery and preventing long-term mental health difficulties. This project utilized a content analysis of theoretical foundations and professional counselor competencies, which provided empirical evidence as to how community connectedness emerges following a collective trauma event. Given the significance for building community connectedness into collective trauma responses (Breckenridge & James, 2012; Charuvastra & Cloitre, 2008; Flynn, 2007; Hobfoll et al., 2007; Landau, 2012; Mears, 2008; Saul, 2014; Saul & Bava, 2009; Shultz, Cattaneo, Sabina, Brunner, Jackson, & Serrata, 2016), and the call for more leadership from counselors by CACREP (2016) in the area of disasters and crises, this project provides an instructional manual for mental health professionals who are called upon after a collective trauma. This instructional manual offers interventions and models to facilitate long-term post disaster recovery after a collective trauma.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Meder, Cheri
Commitee: Givens, Joel, Thiemann, Jared
School: Adams State University
Department: Counselor Education
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social psychology, Public health, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Collective trauma, Community connectedness, Systemic community interventions
Publication Number: 10750384
ISBN: 978-0-438-01726-9
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