Internet Use in the Aftermath of Trauma

The Internet has become an essential fact in the workplace, more necessary in some ways than the telephone or even what we now describe as paper mail. The Internet is especially important for professionals who are interested in trauma, to facilitate rapid information support following disasters and connect international experts to participate in the response. But the utility of the Internet in the field of trauma studies extends far beyond disaster response. Internet Use in the Aftermath of Trauma is a valuable resource because it comprehensively presents the range of ways the Internet can be used. These include networking with colleagues and as a means of self-expression; to conduct research; to provide information for trauma survivors and the general public and to educate professionals; to conduct early assessment and intervention following a trauma, and to deliver intervention for long-term problems. The chapters illustrate the creative ideas of a group of professionals on the cutting edge in the field of trauma studies. Some of us can remember what the world was like before the Internet even existed, although others have experienced their entire professional career in a connected world. Internet Use in the Aftermath of Trauma has much to offer for both audiences. (Paula P. Schnurr). Key features: introduction by John Grohol, a founder of the award-winning PsychCentral; explores the usefulness of online psychological self-evaluation in the aftermath of trauma; addresses the various uses of the Internet in mental health, with a particular emphasis on the issue of traumatic stress; powerful methodological, scientific and logistical strategies to conducting cost-effective surveys in the aftermath of mass disasters; ethical, clinical and legal challenges related to providing mental health services online.