Trauma-response teams: Inherent challenges and practical strategies in interdisciplinary fieldwork

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Conducting fieldwork in response to natural or manmade disasters is considerably different than conducting therapy or providing medical care in everyday practice. The intensity, pace, long hours, and chaotic structure of this work are such that specialized training - regardless of one's professional background - is requisite, and vigilant attention to a variety of challenges inherent in this work is indicated. In this article, challenges in fieldwork related to professionals' scope of practice, interdisciplinary turf battles, interpersonal boundaries and dual relationships, compassion fatigue, and cultural competence are highlighted. Strategies to address these challenges are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-362
Number of pages6
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006


  • Disaster preparedness
  • Psychological first aid
  • Psychotraumatology
  • Trauma care
  • Trauma teams

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