Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Disaster Mental Health, Religion and Spirituality in Counseling
Laura Shannonhouse, assistant professor in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer and a Suicide to Hope Facilitator. Her clinical experiences have included working with disaster-impacted populations domestically and internationally, and her research interests focus on crisis intervention and disaster response. She also conducts research on suicide prevention, older adults and the equipping of faith-based communities to help. Shannonhouse is working with 700 community dwelling older adults who have been increasingly isolated as a result of COVID-19. The Administration for Community Living, which has given her funding support, has invited her into calls to understand the needs of older adults across the country. This has resulted in a series of tip sheets and op-eds they published through the Humanitarian Disaster Institute on equipping faith-based communities to respond to persons suffering during COVID-19.