Continuing Education Event Details
Disaster Mental Health: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Helping Survivors and Responders
Credit Hours: 0
This course offers 6 ELECTIVE hours in the Trauma Counseling Certificate Program. Overview: Disasters such as floods, fires, tornadoes, major airline or automobile accidents occur in communities, and human service professionals need to be prepared to respond and support people who are affected. Participants will be introduced to the American Red Cross system of Disaster Mental Health (DMH) to highlight the collaborative nature of the interventions. Content will introduce the concepts and intervention strategies of DMH and demonstrate the differences between traditional mental health interventions and DMH. Interventions include rapid assessment skills; enhanced Psychological First Aid for survivors, staff and volunteers; and facilitation of immediate problem solving. Evidence- based research will be reviewed that supports the interventions and strongly indicates the trauma-informed nature of the work. Content reflects evidence levels B, C according to the levels from the Association for Healthcare Research and Quality. This workshop also allows clinically licensed mental health professionals who are interested in volunteering for the Red Cross to fulfill one of the course requirements to do so. Learning Objectives • Describe the basic tenets, values, and concepts of the major intervention techniques employed while responding to disasters, applying a trauma-informed and human rights perspective; • Understand the differences between traditional mental health interventions and Disaster Response; • Select the appropriate intervention strategies based upon client (disaster survivor, disaster responder) characteristics (level of functioning, available coping strategies) and situation, response setting, human service professional characteristics, and relevant theory; • Recognize the role of the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health activity and its strategies for collaboration with other response activities.
Tara S. Hughes
Description: Emergency/Disaster Mental Health Consultant and Trainer; Adjunct Faculty, University at Buffalo School of Social Work, New York State Disaster Mental Health (DMH) Advisor for the American Red Cross, DMH Chief in Red Cross National deployment system; twenty-four years’ experience with children, adults, and families in crisis in various settings including extensive work with issues such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, traumatic accidents, and devastation after natural and human-caused disasters; Consultant and trainer for school districts to help prepare for and respond to incidents within their districts which impact students and families, Buffalo, New York.
Date(s) and Time(s)
|7/25/2012||:||8:45:00 AM||–||4:30:00 PM|
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