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OVCRC
05/29/2007
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How does the peer support model compare with something like Psychological First Aid (PFA)? In terms of a Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) such as Project Liberty that was established in New York after Sept...
Lynne
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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What guidelines do you provide concerning peer support volunteers becoming friends with victims they assist and joining in activities together?
Anita
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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What about training group leaders in a series of topics to bring up at groups that follow a format, and then helping the facilitator recognize when the person needs more help and be able to offer other res...
Kathleen
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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What key concepts lay the groundwork for peer support programs?
Sarah
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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In your experience, what are the challenges experienced by these types of support programs?
Bett
05/29/2007
arrow icon Peer support can present some challenges. Some of the langua...
Helga West
05/29/2007
arrow icon In my experience a number of things. Sustaining interest an...
S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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I believe in peer support wholeheartedly and especially its ability to cut through a victim's isolation, but sometimes it's difficult to get victims to see that there is a real benefit and much value in me...
Susan B.
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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Helga, can you tell us a little more about the Survivors Taking Action program?
MCheryl
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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Are peer support programs effective for all ages?
tmn
05/29/2007
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C. Mitchell
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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Can you talk about the Pennsylvania model DCSN? What are the components and has it been tested/evaluated? Can it be replicated in a community like New Orleans?
SoNia Gilkey
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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This is the first I've heard of peer support programs. Are these programs common practice?
GS
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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The nature of a disaster is that they usually happen very quickly. If you don't already have a program in place, is it still possible to assist in this way?
BenL
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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Are the same principles applied to a peer support group for disaster survivors as it is for another type of victimization, such as homicide?
anon.
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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What are the benefits to peer support programs?
EKR
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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I have seen many correlations between military losses, and disaster survivors. Is there any research to back up the corrolation?
L. Golovin-Gree
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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Can peer support programs be used in lieu of counseling/therapy?
Christine S
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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Are there any trainings available on this topic?
Daryl
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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How do you determine when a survivor is ready to offer support to other survivors?
Emma L.
05/29/2007
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S. Frogge
05/29/2007
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How do we implement a peer support program for disaster survivors? Is it a program we should have at the ready, in the event of a mass violence event?
Mark
05/29/2007
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Helga West
05/29/2007
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