Thomas Fire & Montecito Mudslides Resources
The impact of the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides will endure for some time. If you are concerned about your well-being or the welfare of a friend or family member of any age and would like counseling and ongoing support, please contact us.
The Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic provides individual, couple, and family therapy for people of all ages affected by the recent tragedies in our community. Counseling and psychotherapy services are offered on a sliding scale. Please call us at 805-893-8064.
A full list of Santa Barbara Post-Disaster Resources, including the links on this page and addresses and phone numbers of local agencies, is available from the link in this sentence.
The following community resources are immediately available:
Hospice of Santa Barbara is Offering a Community Gathering Space
Counselors are on hand to provide support in English and Spanish.
Thomas Fire and Storm Event Local Recovery and Assistance Center:
On Wednesday, January 17, the County will open a Local Recovery and Assistance Center to serve as a centralized, single point location for essential resources and services to help community members recover and rebuild. The Local Receovery and Assistance Center will initially be open January 17 to February 3, 2018 at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara, 93103 during the hours of 11 a.m. - 6:30p.m. Monday - Friday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. The Center is closed on Sunday.
Representatives from various local, state and federal agencies will provide counseling support, resource and hoursing assistance, information to aid in rebuilding, permitting hazardous materials clean-up, loss of business or employment, basic health and human services, and other topics.
For questions about the Local Recovery and Assistance Center, please call the January Storm Public Information Line at (833) 688-5551 or send a text message to (805) 699-0165.
Educational Resources on Coping with Disaster
Learning about the impact of a disaster on emotional well-being is extremely helpful. Many responses are normal and to be expected. How we manage those responses can help or hinder recovery.
National Association of School Psychologists – Handouts for Teachers, Parents, Professionals
Helping Children & Youth
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Community Members Can Do
Ayudando a Niños y Adolescentes a Superar la Violencia y los Desastres: Que Pueden Hacer los Miembros de la Comunidad
Disaster Mental Health
Resources for Training in Psychological First Aid & Community Disaster Response
How to Help Your Community Recover from Disaster: A Manual for Planning and Action (Society for Community Research and Action)
Promising Practices for Disaster Behavioral Health Response and Recovery (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Featuring online training, manuals, and guidebooks: a) Psychological First Aid, b) Psychological First Aid for Schools, c) Skills for Psychological Recovery.
General Trauma Resources:
Parents and Teachers:
- Principal's Research Review, Nov 2013, Role of Schools in Supporting Traumatized Students
- Identifying Severely Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents and Educators
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers