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Disaster Mental Health (DMH)

Welcome and thanks for visiting the EYE OF THE STORM website.† I am a clinical social worker, author, crisis intervention consultant, and trainer from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, USA. Since 1991, Iíve been actively involved as a volunteer relief worker and instructor with the American Red Cross (ARC) Disaster Mental Health (DMH) team. I have assisted at several local and national disasters including service during the Great Mississippi River/Midwest Floods of 1993, coordinating DMH services for morgue volunteers following the 1994 airline crash in Pittsburgh, and service with the ARC team at the 1996 plane crash in the Everglades, near Miami.† In 2001, I served as Coordinator of the ARC AIR Teamís Family Assistance Center following the 9/11 terrorist incident that led to the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA and then served as an Assistant Officer helping manage the larger World Trade Center relief operation in NY City.

First posted in 1995, these pages (plus the bibliography and selected links to other websites) provide lots of information about DMH concepts including: typical victim reactions to traumatic events; psychological first aid; disaster preparedness; self-care for relief workers; spirituality; and tips on working with sudden loss of loved ones, including a handout for the survivors.† Much of the original information offered in the site was summarized from my 1995 book, Disasters: Mental Health Interventions.† Along with the factual information, there is a pitch to help recruit more volunteer relief workers for ARC and some tips on how to do it.

In addition to the DMH and disaster preparedness content, this website contains material on a few non-disaster topics including:

 encouraging volunteer opportunities for mental health consumers (an interest that led to my first book, The Untapped Resource);

 counselor education (the subject of my third book, Days in the Lives of Counselors);

 social work careers and licensure; and

 clinical practice documentation and supervision (with downloadable documents and forms discussed in some of our courses).


There is also information about some of the programs and services offered by EYE OF THE STORM, the consultation and education firm that I helped found in 1996.

My disaster assignments have all been extremely rewarding, both personally and professionally. If you decide to give it a try, I'm sure you'll be hooked as I have been. But, even if you have no interest in serving in a disaster, I can assure you that learning some DMH techniques can help you to address the many day-to-day crises that enter our personal and professional lives. Whenever clients, coworkers, and friends find themselves struggling with the loss of loved ones, crime victimization, job-related stress, or other traumatic events, psychological first aid can provide some relief.

I hope you will find these pages to be both interesting and enjoyable. Once you have had a chance to review the information, feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or suggested additions. My e-mail address (a link) appears below or you can find me on Facebook (see link below), LinkedIn and Twitter (see Tweets on bio page). Please keep EYE OF THE STORM in mind and contact us whenever you need consultation and training services.† See you down the road!

John D. Weaver, LCSW

Founding Partner††††††



4635 Hillview Drive

Nazareth, PA 18064-8531


Phone and Fax: 610-614-1860

E-mail: johndweaver@eyeofthestorminc.com






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