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Training: Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team

  • 09/19/2011
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn Downtown, Mercy Campus, Des Moines

Course Description

Participants will learn how the Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team will function in disaster settings, including factors affecting individual responses to disaster, phases of disaster, "at risk" groups, concepts of loss and grief, post-disaster stress, and the disaster recovery process.  The goals of the training are:

  • To understand the organizational aspects of disaster response and recovery, including key roles, responsibilities, and resources; local, State, Federal, and voluntary agency programs; how to link disaster survivors with appropriate resources and services and an awareness of the Incident Command System.
  • To understand the key concepts and principles of disaster behavioral health and how they apply to team functioning, including how disaster behavioral services differ from traditional psychotherapy; the spectrum and design of behavioral health programs needed in disaster; and appropriate sites for delivery of behavioral health services.
  • To understand how teams provide appropriate behavioral health assistance to survivors and    workers in community settings, with emphasis on crisis intervention, brief treatment, post-traumatic stress strategies, age-appropriate child interventions, debriefing, group counseling, support groups, and stress management techniques.
  • To understand how to provide behavioral health services at the community level, with emphasis on case finding, outreach, behavioral health education, public education, consultation, community organization, and use of the media.
  • To understand the stress inherent in disaster work and recognize and manage that stress in oneself, team members and other workers.

No cost to attend and 6.0 CEUs.

Please register by email to Karen Hyatt at khyatt@dhs.state.ia.us or fax to 515-242-6036

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