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



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Webinar Description

This course is provided by University at Albany – School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

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.                                                                                                     

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Target Audience

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Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner 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).

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

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Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Public Health Preparedness Core Competencies

Domain I:

  • 1.2 Leadership: Manage Behaviors

Domain IV:

  • Protect Worker Health & Safety

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities PHEP

Capability 2: Community Recovery PHEP

Capability 14: Responder Safety & Health 


Archived Webinar/Self-study 

Credit /CEU

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1 hr. 


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Webinar Publication Date

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