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Counselling and support services for civil emergencies and major incidents: Psychodynamic reflections

  • Anne Nightingale (a1), George Smith (a2) and David Scott (a1)
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Across the UK counselling and support services are being developed as an extension of emergency planning for major incidents, with the aim of offering psychological help in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. In Strathclyde, Social Work and Mental Health Services Jointly established Liaison Teams with the task of planning and preparing for a major incident. We describe the response of a Liaison Team to a serious bus accident and present reflections from a psychodynamic perspective on some of the factors which may bear on planning and delivery of services.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Counselling and support services for civil emergencies and major incidents: Psychodynamic reflections

  • Anne Nightingale (a1), George Smith (a2) and David Scott (a1)
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