This Hot Topics forum is designed as a two part learning experience.
Part One: Prior to the September 13th session, view a recorded presentation entitled "Supporting Children and Families Following Disasters and Terrorism" made by Dr. Schonfeld in May 2004 as part of the Triangle Lecture Series at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
Part Two: During the September 13th Hot Topics presentation and discussion, Dr. Schonfeld will emphasize the appropriate planning and response actions of public health professionals to meet the specific needs of children in crisis situations.
1. Be able to outline and describe the common reactions children and adolescents may manifest after a crisis event.
2. Recognize the underlying reasons why children and parents often under-estimate and/or under-report children's adjustment problems after a crisis event.
3. Be able to discuss the risk factors for increased difficulty with adjustment after a crisis event.
4. Identify at least 4 general considerations for hospital and community preparedness planning for disasters and terrorism related to mental health needs.
1. Primary Audience - public health nurses, school health nurses, social workers, public information officers, public health emergency planners and first responders
2. Secondary Audience - anyone who would be called upon to support children & families during a disaster, including: primary care pediatricians, family practitioners, child psychologists, school administrators, school mental health professionals