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17 Confessions Of Counselors and Therapists Who Help People Cope After Disasters

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Facing your demons: Airmen share personal tales of resiliency during Storytellers

Airmen, friends and family from across the base gathered at the Weekenders Lounge to listen to stories of their fellow Airmen during a Storytellers event Oct. 30, 2017.

“Storytellers was created as an avenue for Airmen to come and tell their stories of resilience, warrior ethos, and triumph over hardship,” said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Wolff, 18th Wing Professional Military Education instructor.

Originally created in 2013 at Incrilik Air Base, Turkey, the Storytellers program has since spread to other installations across the Air Force. It gives attendees a chance to meet someone that may have gone through similar struggles but overcame through resiliency.

“All too often we sit in front of a computer with fluorescent lights and get lost in the glow of a monitor while clicking through a slideshow, and we don’t really get any meaning out of it,” Wolff said. “This is a chance for us to come together and get that raw face to face interaction with someone that really has overcome these obstacles.”

According to Tech. Sgt. Shane Gunter, 18th WG PME instructor, Storytellers is about building resiliency through understanding hardship. During the event, representatives from the chapel…

 

17 Confessions Of Counselors and Therapists Who Help People Cope After Disasters

Between Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Harvey, and the shooting in Las Vegas, the Red Cross’s disaster mental health team has had a busy few months (or as it’s officially called, they’ve been in an ~active operational state~). Here are some things you might not know.

Special thanks to the experts who provided intel and anecdotes for this post: clinical psychologist and disaster mental health volunteer Daniel Mosley, EdD; clinical psychologist and disaster mental health volunteer Susan Silk, PhD; and Valerie Cole, PhD, manager of the Red Cross’s Disaster Health Services and Disaster Mental Health….

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