We are constantly reminded of the need for emergency responders in the areas of public safety, health, human services, and relief. In recent years, society as a whole has improved the responses to mass shootings, natural disasters, plane crashes, and terrorism. Today, our emergency responders are likely to face more frequent crisis situations than in years past due to global changes in population growth and technology. Notably, emergency responders are the first individuals to arrive at a critical incident to provide care to victims. Research has documented the various psychological effects of victims exposed to crises and has led to specific interventions and treatment for victims. There is, however, a gap in research in regard to how to specifically protect the mental health of the emergency responders themselves. If left alone, the cost associated with addressing the mental health issues of society's emergency responders will eventually reach billions of dollars.
Anthony Maranise offers insight into the unique perspective of a chaplain regarding the influx of migrants coming over our southern boarder. He answers some of the more common questions that are so important to politicians, reporters, clergy, and homeland security officials alike.
Integrative Approaches to Clinical Caregiving: A Personal Journey and a Worthy Endeavor
This article contains a brief discussion of (l) the author's concept of practice as an integrative professional, (2) an overview of what integrative care does and does not involve, (3) why integrative approaches may play an important role in the creation of vital linkages between caregiving professions, and (4) how the regular series The Integrative Clinician will operate to enhance integrative knowledge among professionals. The article also introduces the topic of integrative care by outlining three scenarios involving significant human problems, and identifying negative consequences in each of the caregiving situations presented. In future issues of Inside Homeland Security, the author will deconstruct each of these scenarios and examine them through an integrative lens, in order to acquaint the reader with the difference in outcomes which the professional exercise of an integrative approach might have made in lives of the individuals portrayed.