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William Spear

Revisiting Sri Lanka a Decade Later: Helping Children After Disasters

William Spear | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
William Spear

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 35,000 people in Sri Lanka, injuring more than 21,000. Over 1,000 children were orphaned and more than 7,000 children lost one parent.

The Inner Landscape of the Children Who Survived Typhoon Haiyan

William Spear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Spear

The similarities are striking - we've been in this place before. The past echoes in my brain and I feel as if I am sitting in my living room the day after Christmas in 2004.

After a Disaster, Children Need Special Attention to Recover

William Spear | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
William Spear

While the larger agencies provide emergency provisions in the immediate aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, few groups provide emotional support beyond palliative approaches, quiet counseling and minimally expressive therapies that are primarily cognitive in nature.

Adapting to a New World of Invisible Toxins

William Spear | Posted 06.24.2011 | Healthy Living
William Spear

It's a whole new ballgame, folks. Nearly every community in the modern world is facing an invisible enemy. Constant exposures to toxic loads in our en...

The World Is Full of Ground Zeroes

William Spear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
William Spear

After 9/11 and in the years since, I've watched the anti-Muslim drumbeat intensify in ways that impact multitudes of innocent people.

Helping Children Work Through Trauma in Haiti: A Guide for Caregivers and Volunteers

William Spear | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Spear

There is an enormous need to help traumatized children in the second recovery phase of this disaster before rushing tto quickly to rebuild the external world.