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The Assaulted Staff Action Program (ASAP)
Raymond B. Flannery, Jr.
ISBN: 9781590563625
Book (Paperback)
Lantern Publishing & Media, Lantern Publishing & Media
6 x 9
208 pages
February 13, 2012


A nurse is robbed at gunpoint in the emergency room. A factory supervisor is assaulted by line staff. A high-school girl is raped in the school locker room. A correction officer is stabbed by an inmate. Yearly. Monthly. Daily. Hourly. Somewhere someone has become a victim of violence. In the aftermath of these events, human siuffering in the form of the acute distress of psychological trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder may follow. What can be done? The Assaulted Staff Action Program (ASAP) addresses this need. ASAP is a voluntary, peer-help, systems-wide crisis-intervention approach for coping with the psychological aftermath of violence. ASAP is a Critical Incident Stress Management approach that includes individual crisis counseling, group debriefings, an employee-victims’ support group, employee victim family outreach, and professional referrals when needed. ASAP—the most widely researched program of its kind in the world—is associated with providing needed support to employee victims and with sharp reductions in the frequency of violence in many of the facilities where it is fielded. ASAP programs pay for themselves by means of sustained productivity, lower medical and legal expense, and reduced human suffering. This book is a step-by-step manual that shows you and your organization how to design and field an ASAP program for your needs.

Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FACLP, a licensed clinical psychologist, is Associate Professor of Psychology (Part Time), Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Part-Time), the Woods College of Advancing Studies, Boston College. He is an internationally recognized and award-winning scholar and lecturer on the topics of violence, victimization, and stress management. Dr. Flannery is available for lectures and workshops, for all types and sizes of groups. The American Mental Health Foundation publishes ten titles by Dr. Flannery on violence and stress and the breaking point: PTSD.
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