Western State Hospital disaster response, Franklin, Virginia: September/October 1999 GO TEAM narrative report

Susan Tydings Frushour


This article describes the efforts of the Western State Hospital (WSH) GO TEAM staff to develop a mental health, disaster response program based on their own Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team. Four social workers from WSH were deployed to eastern Virginia following significant flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd. Their experiences and the lessons they learned are detailed in this article.



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Interview with Virginia Department of Stress Intervention, Lennis G. Echterling, PhD, VDSI Project Supervisor, James Madison University, Psychology Department Johnston Hall, Harrisonburg, Virginia. 22807, March 13, 2002.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2004.0032


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