Disaster Behavioral Health: A Critical Response
The course provides essential preparation for mental health and other helping professionals
employed in a variety of settings during the aftermath of disasters and emergencies.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other licensed mental health professionals
- Emergency medical personnel and first responders
- Public health professionals
- Individuals who may aid and/or be called upon in times of disasters and emergencies
After successfully completing this program, participants will understand:
- Key phrases of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery and the roles assumed
by mental health professionals along this continuum.
- Psychological, psychosocial, and psychospiritual reactions that individuals experience
in the aftermath of a disaster or other public health emergencies.
- Key interventions and activities in respondingto the psychological, psychosocial,
and psychospiritual reactions of disaster survivors and responders.
- Key mechanisms of self-care and transitioning from a disaster response or relief
The two-day workshop will be presented in eight (8) modules:
- Module 1 – Facing Disaster: Are You Prepared?
- Module 2 – Disaster Planning, Preparedness, and Response in Healthcare Settings
- Module 3 – Characteristics and Attributes of Natural and Human-caused Disasters
- Module 4 – Reactions to Disaster: The Human Response
- Module 5 – Acts of Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Public Health Emergencies:
Special Issues and Considerations
- Module 6 – The Disaster Mental Health and Spiritual Care Team Response
- Module 7 – Early Intervention and Other Disaster Mental Health and Spiritual Care
- Module 8 – Self-care and Disengaging from a Disaster Assignment
*Participants must attend both days of this two-day workshop to receive the Certificate of Completion.