Psychology: Disaster Mental Health, 2nd Edition

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About Course 

Release Date: April 26, 2018
Expiration Date: May 1, 2023

Disaster mental health (DMH) interventions in the United States have become recognized as a crucial aspect of disaster response. This basic-level course provides social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists - who are at the forefront of providing assistance to survivors and the communities in which they live - with information about challenges in DMH and tools needed to respond. Risk and protective factors for a number of populations, as well as the wide array of disaster mental health services are described.

Social Workers completing this course receive 2 clinical social work continuing education credits.. 

Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe the distinguishing elements of disasters, including types, phases, and social/community aspects.
  • Explain variations in psychosocial reactions to disasters.
  • Identify disaster mental health competencies.
  • Differentiate appropriate postdisaster psychosocial interventions.
  • Describe self-care practices for disaster mental health workers.

About the Author(s)

Bradley E. Belsher, MSW, received a master of social work degree with a specialization in health care from the Catholic University of America and a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University. Mr. Belsher has provided mental health counseling to a wide array of populations, including early intervention therapy to trauma survivors.

Jennifer Housley, MS, PhD, received her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University) in Palo Alto, California. She currently works for the Veterans Administration Sierra Nevada Health Care System, where she supervises the Integrated Behavioral Health Care program. .

Patricia Watson, PhD, is a senior educational specialist for the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Catholic University of America. She served as assistant director of terrorism and disaster programs for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress from 2007 to 2010.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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