Smith College Studies in Social Work
A social disaster is when categories of people are politically or socially targeted by virtue of their social identities and suffer ongoing targeting and oppression. Survivors of social disasters often experience similar traumatic symptoms as those of survivors of natural disasters but, unlike most other types of disasters, the threats that caused the trauma and the conditions that undermine survivor’s identity, safety, trust, and sense of control continue to exist. This article shares a model of a psychoeducational group developed and field tested by the authors and used with a group of people targeted because of their queer identities.
Disaster, psychoeducational groups, resilience, trauma, training-of-trainers
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Miller, Joshua and Wang, Xiying, "When There Are No Therapists: A Psychoeducational Group for People Who Have Experienced Social Disasters" (2018). School for Social Research: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.