The Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) offers resources for disaster spiritual and emotional care, disaster ministry, and for humanitarian development. These resources are intended for lay helpers, congregations and faith-based organizations, as well as for professionals in the fields of public health, mental health, and disaster management.


Disaster Ministry


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Disaster Ministry HandbookAten, J., & Boan, D. (in press) Disaster Ministry Handbook, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, coming January 2016

Walker, D., Courtois, C., & Aten, J. (Editors) Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma, American Psychological Association, October 2014


Public Health Planning Guide for Faith Communities


Christianity Today. (2013, November 8). How Churches Can Help Without Hurting After Super Typhoon Haiyan. Read the article at Christianity Today >>

Christianity Today. (2014, February 18). Show Us the Relief Money. Read the article at Christianity Today >>

Disaster Spiritual & Emotional Care


Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events  (Russian version) 

Tip Sheets

Assessing Survivors' Mental Health (Japanese version)

Recognizing Common Disaster Survivor Stress Reactions

Listening and Attending Skills (Japanese version)

Connecting with Survivors (Japanese version) 

How to Minister to Disaster Survivors (Japanese version)

How to Refer Disaster Survivors for Mental Health Care

How to Provide Psychological First Aid 

Recognizing and Preventing Burnout in Yourself (Japanese version)

Principles of Crisis Intervention (Japanese version)

Helping Volunteers Talk about Stress

How NOT to Provide Volunteer and Survivor Care

Strategies for Self-Care (for Japanese version)

Disaster Spiritual Care Points of Consensus


What Kind of Faith Helped People Survive Hurricane Katrina? Read the article at Christianity Today >>

Humanitarian Development


A Qualitative Study of Peace and Reconciliation in Kakuma Camp

Cost of Trauma in Sub-Saharan Africa Report

A Call to Commitment and Partnership

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Refugee Resources

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