Effect of Disasters on Mental Health: Technical Level

Course Summary

There are three modules in this

  • Module
    1: Assessment and Intervention in the Immediate Aftermath of a Disaster
  • Module
    2: Assessment and Intervention in the Weeks/Months after the Disaster
  • Module
    3: Cultural Awareness

There are review questions at
the end of each module. These review questions will provide you with an
opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these modules. In
addition, some modules contain practice exercises to help you better understand
the material.

Intended Audience

Anyone who will come into professional contact with disaster
victims, including DMAT, hospital workers, EMTs, primary care providers and
public health workers

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able

    • Assess the psycho-physiological impact of trauma.
    • Describe mental health interventions used during and in
      the immediate aftermath of a disaster in order to provide psychological
    • Determine who may benefit from mental health intervention.
    • Administer mental health interventions to disaster victims
      as appropriate.
    • Distinguish between a normal and pathological reaction to
      disaster trauma.
    • Describe the most common mental health disorders
      associated with disaster trauma.
    • Establish a preliminary assessment for the most common
      mental health disorders.
    • Employ an interview technique that is both effective and
      responsive to the needs of the patient.
    • Discuss treatment options for these mental health
    • Identify the role of cultural elements in addressing
      mental health problems.
    • Utilize appropriate methods for interacting with
      culturally diverse populations in the context of a disaster response.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

Effect of Disasters on Mental Health: Awareness Level

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health
Professionals identified:

Domain 4: Cultural Competency Skills

  • 4A3. Describes the ways diversity may influence policies,
    programs, services, and the health of a community
  • 4A5. Addresses the diversity of individuals and populations when implementing
    policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

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Creation and/or update

May 24, 2013