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Event Detail

Disaster Mental Health Assistance in Public Health Emergencies: Evidence-Informed Practices for Public Health Workers

September 27, 2012

Webcast Archive:
See the Webstream of this presentation (requires RealPlayer™)

Program Description:
Research on Disaster Mental Health has found that psychological casualties can far outweigh physical injuries in a disaster. Public Health personnel need to understand the expected mental health impact of a disaster on victims, residents, staff and their families to effectively implement response and recovery activities. The purpose of this training is to strengthen local health departments’ capacity to respond to the mental health needs of individuals and staff impacted by disasters and public health emergencies. The webcast will provide an overview of disaster mental health and an evidence-based toolkit of resources to help local public health professionals manage the behavioral needs of victims, staff and area residents responding to and recovering from a disaster.

Objectives:
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  1. Define and summarize extreme versus typical mental health reactions in a disaster;
  2. Describe how reactions and needs may differ in vulnerable populations;
  3. Identify early intervention techniques and leadership strategies to foster resiliency;
  4. Identify components of self-care (risk factors, stressors, coping mechanisms, and stress reduction strategies).

Continuing Education Units:
Nursing Contact Hours, CHES and CME credits are available upon completion of evaluation and post-test. More info about credits.

Flyers:   PDF Format  

Who Should Attend:
State and local public health professionals

These projects are supported under a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Grant number 5 U90 TP224249-04. The contents of this program do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

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