University of Iowa
Upper Midwest PERLC
Mental Health in Public Health Emergencies
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This course utilizes scenario-based learning to cover concepts of Psychological First Aid in responding to disasters. The user makes decisions about how to respond to the emotional needs of disaster victims and volunteers. This course is intended for the public health workforce, as well as anyone involved in post-disaster recovery.
- 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 stabilization
- Determine who may benefit from mental health intervention
- Administer mental health interventions to disaster victims as appropriate