The consequences of a chemical or biological (CB) terrorist attack would be especially harmful to children, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, people with pre-existing disease, and pregnant women and their fetuses. These special needs population (SNP) groups have unique vulnerabilities, responses, and needs during CB events. Agencies at all levels of government must cooperate to develop integrated plans for responding to the consequences of a CB event, and that includes having a protocol for evaluating and managing SNP victims. Strategically-placed stockpiles and dispensing strategies must address specific population needs, including medical equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals. Such groups require specially crafted warnings (in various languages and intended for different literacy levels), priority rescue, evacuation and transportation assistance, appropriate medical treatment, accessible sheltering, and assistance with rebuilding.
Since 2012, more than 83 school shootings have occurred within the United States and all have come with injuries or deaths, the most severe being the tragedy at Sandy Hook in Connecticut (December 2012) and the most recent at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State (October 2014). While not all school shootings correlate with bullying, a statistical report from a website operated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services indicates that “in 12 of the 15 most violent school shooting cases, the shooters had a history of being bullied.” Such evidence seems both compelling and difficult to refute. Although physical bullying and/or in-person verbal intimidation appears most threatening, there is another form of bullying with consequences just as severe, and it is that which I wish to highlight. Chaplain Anthony Maranise looks at some of the ways technology has affected bullying.
In "The Integrative Clinician" series, the author discusses the importance of exercising integrative awareness when treating patients with PTSD. Through integrative approaches, clinicians can develop a heightened awareness of the various ways in which their treatments interact dynamically (l) with patients, (2) with patients' environments, and (3) with other disciplines and professional providers. In this segment, the author presents a case study in which a provider's prescription of sleep-inducing medication intersected with environmental and interdisciplinary factors. The provider's failure to exercise integrative awareness of these factors led to the patient's experience of sudden and complete withdrawal from a multiple drug regimen. Analysis of the case demonstrates how integrative approaches, had they been adopted, could have improved the patient's outcome and protected her from potentially lethal risks.
This paper explores the potential threat of traditional gender-role stereotypes on the administration of justice in the American judicial system, paying particular attention to the subject of violence perpetrated by women. Methods used by society to protect gender stereotypes are examined, including the labels given to women who violate socially constructed behavior boundaries by committing acts of violence. Consideration is given to the increasingly boisterous debate over a perceived epidemic of growing violence among females in an effort to demonstrate the widespread concern of this phenomenon. Additionally, the effect gender stereotyping has on our perceptions of culpability is discussed, followed by suggestions for future research.
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.