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Disaster Behavioral Health: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Trauma Survivors


Approximately 17 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Disaster Behavioral Health: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Trauma Survivors" gives a brief overview of the common responses and long-term reactions to trauma, and brief guidelines for interacting with survivors of trauma.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100, through February 28, 2009. Since March 1, 2009, the project has been funded by FY 2008 Homeland Security Grant Program #2008-GE-T8-0022.


This course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Explain the concepts of and describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.
  2. Explain the concepts of risk communication.
  3. Identify the signs and symptoms of acute or delayed critical incident stress reaction among community members or responders.
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of resources to address delayed or critical incident stress among community members or responders.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the expected psychological reactions to trauma.
  2. Identify potential long-term reactions to trauma.
  3. Utilize mental health interventions appropriate to level of expertise.
  4. Manage stress reactions associated with responding to trauma incidents.

Target Audiences:

Physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, first responders, social workers, behavioral & mental health personnel, emergency medical services personnel, and other public health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.