Mental Health Interventions in Disasters (NC DRN, Module 4)
Length: 30 minutes
This presentation by Tab Ballis, LCSW, LCAS, is part of the North Carolina Disaster Response Network Training series and provides mental health professionals with a template for the central issues relevant to planning and execution of disaster interventions.
These learning modules are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
- Distinguish between facts and myths of disaster mental health work
- Understand fundamental guidelines of disaster response
- Gain awareness of "Psychological First Aid"
- Know the basic parameters of risk evaluation
- Have an appreciation for sensitivity to vulnerable populations and special needs
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|1) Incorporates strategies for interacting with persons from diverse backgrounds (e.g. cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, professional, religious affliation, mental and physical capabilities) (4: Cultural Competency Skills)|
|3) Responds to diverse needs that are the result of cultural differences (4: Cultural Competency Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness Capabilities|
|Capability 2, Function 2: Coordinate community public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health system recovery operations|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|1.2. Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others.|
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Author and Narrator:
Sally Cameron and Cathy Womack for the NC Disaster Response Network
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
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The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness offers the following continuing education credit/s on this training. Eligibility for all continuing education credit is determined on an annual basis.
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