Coping skills program helps social service workers reduce stress, trauma after disasters

University of Illinois social work professors Tara Powell and Kate Wegmann found that a mental health intervention called Caregivers Journey of Hope can bolster social service workers’ emotional resilience and ability to cope with the stress and trauma associated with disasters such as Superstorm Sandy. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Editor’s Note: To reach Tara M. Powell, call 217-300-0917; email tlpowell@illinois.edu

The paper “Stress and coping in social service providers after Superstorm Sandy: An examination of a post-disaster psycho-educational intervention” is available from the News Bureau.

Source: Illinois News Bureau

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Coping skills program helps social service workers reduce stress, trauma after disasters
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Coping skills program helps social service workers reduce stress, trauma after disasters
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — An intervention called Caregivers Journey of Hope can help social service workers – especially those with the least experience in the field – to mitigate the stress and trauma they may experience when they’re helping community members recover from disasters, a new study found.