Course Description:

This course provides a structured response protocol for all mental health, social work and allied helping professionals, for responding to community and national crisis and disaster with emergency relief assistance. Includes specifics for working directly with clients and also coordinating and training professional and lay relief workers.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, the professional will be able to:

  • Understand the common characteristics and phases of disaster
  • Identify disaster reactions and implement intervention suggestions
  • Execute stress prevention management methods
  • Facilitate disaster mental health training workgroups.

Purpose of this Course:

The primary purpose of this course is to present an overview of essential information including: how disasters affect children, adults and older adults, the importance of tailoring the program to fit the community, descriptions of effective disaster mental health interventions, and strategies for preventing and managing worker stress.

Course Outline:

Part 1: Course organization, Documentation and Introduction.

Part 2: Reading of the course materials

Part 3: Administration and Completion of the Evaluation of Learning Quiz