Disaster Mental Health Response for Children

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Course Description

The purpose of the Disaster Mental Health Response for Children, Educational Module is to provide education and resources that can be used as just-in-time training to prepare providers to identify the needs of pediatric survivors so that they may provide support in a way that helps these children return to pre-disaster levels of functioning.

It will discuss a number of topics including:

  • Common Reactions to Disasters
  • Childhood Grief and Childhood Grief in Disasters
  • Severe Reactions to Disasters: Stress, Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Risk Factors for Developing PTSD
  • When to Seek Help
  • Helping Children
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Talking to Kids About Disaster

It is our hope that pre-hospital and hospital professionals, primary healthcare providers, public health department personnel, nonmedical volunteers and mental health professionals will utilize these materials to further enhance the care of children during and after disasters.

Course Materials

  • Click here to download the full PowerPoint slide set (10.4M) 
  • Click here to download a PDF/printable version (6.4M) 

Obtaining Continuing Education Credit

After reviewing the entire module, click on PublicHealthLearning.com to confirm that you are registered and enrolled in the course. Follow the online directions to take the Course Quiz/Post Test and fill out the Course Evaluation.

All of the following criteria must be met in order for the learner to receive the continuing education hour(s) awarded to this educational activity:

  1. Learner's electronic registration or signature on a sign-in sheet to verify participation
  2. Learner completes the program in its entirety
  3. Learner achieves at least 80% (8 of 10 questions correct) on the Course Quiz/Post Test
  4. Learner completes a Course Evaluation at the end of the activity
  • After meeting these requirements, a "Mark Course as Complete" link will appear. Click this link.  On the resulting screen, click the "Yes" button.
  • You will be able to retrieve your Certificate of Completion from the PublicHealthLearning.com website. A copy of your certificate will also be sent to your email address.

NURSES

1 continuing education hour has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation requires that all nurses shall complete 20 hours of approved continuing education per 2-year license renewal cycle. Site Code approved educational programs through the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of EMS & Highway Safety can be used toward meeting nursing continuing education hours, provided that the continuing education is in a clinical field relevant to one's nursing practice.

For non-Illinois healthcare professionals: Please verify with your State to confirm acceptance of CE approved by another State Department of Health.

PHYSICIANS

1 continuing education hour  has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety.

A physician should self claim credit for appropriate AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ activities and document activity title or description, subject or content area, date(s) of participation and number of credits claimed. Physicians may not claim AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ for an activity for which the physician has claimed AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Each physician is responsible for claiming and maintaining a record of their AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™. (Source: AMA's The Physician's Recognition Award and Credit System, 2010 revision)

For non-Illinois healthcare professionals: Please verify with your State to confirm acceptance of CE approved by another State Department of Health.

PREHOSPITAL PROVIDERS

1 continuing education hour has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety.

For non-Illinois healthcare professionals: Please verify with your State to confirm acceptance of CE approved by another State Department of Health.

Please retain your certificate in the event of a future audit by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation.

Your certificate will be proof of your attendance.

It is your responsibility to safeguard and retain your certificates.

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Course expiration date: December 31, 2018


Disclaimer:
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