Lessons learned about psychosocial responses to disaster and mass trauma: an international perspective

Reifels, L., Pietrantoni, L., Prati, G., Yoshiharu, K., Kilpatrick, D. G., Dyb, G., . . . O`Donnell, M. et al. (2013). Lessons learned about psychosocial responses to disaster and mass trauma: an international perspective. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 4. doi:10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.22897

At the 13th meeting of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in 2013, a symposium was held that brought together international researchers and clinicians who were involved in psychosocial responses to disaster

A total of six disasters that occurred in five countries were presented and discussed. Lessons learned from these disasters included the need to: (1) tailor the psychosocial response to the specific disaster, (2) provide multi-dimensional psychosocial care, (3) target at-risk population groups, (4) proactively address barriers in access to care, (5) recognise the social dimensions and sources of resilience, (6) extend the roles for mental health professionals, (7) efficiently coordinate and integrate disaster response services, and (8) integrate research and evaluation into disaster response planning.