Disaster or terrorism events have mental health implications that can go beyond an initial emergency response and reverberate even with those not directly affected by the event. This self-paced interactive course is specifically designed for non-mental health professionals to help them identify and respond to psychological issues following a disaster and/or terrorism event.
The content of the downloadable course provides an overview of the psychosocial effects of traumatic events, including the stages of psychological response commonly seen after an event, the signs and symptoms of stress, tools for recognizing possible Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other problems including depression and alcohol/substance abuse, and when additional treatment options are called for. The importance of a social support network is detailed and how family, friends, teachers and co-workers can help is explained. Coping strategies and methods for promoting mental health and resilience are highlighted with interactive activities. Throughout the course, there are activities to help you better understand the concepts being presented.
Upon the completion of this course the participant will be able to appreciate the range of psychological reactions to disasters, identify psychological needs in yourself and others after a disaster, and recognize effective and ineffective psychological coping methods.
This course is geared for individuals who are in contact with those affected by disasters and terrorism events. This includes parents, teachers, clergy, business professionals, social service workers, and public health professionals.