Understanding and Responding to the Needs of Children After Large-Scale Disasters


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Course Description

This course provided by the South Central Public Health Partnership and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

As communities across the country are planning and preparing their responses to large-scale disasters, special attention needs to be paid to populations considered at high-risk for negative consequences. One of the highest risk groups is children. By understanding the emotional needs of children in the face of these traumatic events, preparations can be made that will improve outcomes and promote resilience. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma, has merely seen the event on television, or has heard it discussed by adults, it is important that healthcare professionals be informed and ready to help if reactions to stress begin to occur. This course will describe how children may respond to traumatic events, with a focus on CBRNE incidents. Ideas for interventions, including a new model of Psychological First Aid will be presented. Finally, recommendations for preparation considerations will be explored.
NOTE: This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.
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Target Audience

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Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss at least three reactions children may have after a traumatic event
  2. List at least two ways that CBRNE events may increase concerns for children and their caregivers
  3. Describe the components of Psychological First Aid important to increasing resilience in children after traumatic events
  4. Discuss a continuum of care model for children from triage to evidence-based interventions after traumatic events

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

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Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Bioterrorism & Emergency Readiness:

Competencies for all Public Health Workers
1. Identify limits to own knowledge/skill/authority and identify key system resources for referring matters that exceed these limits.

1. PHP Identify and influence social behaviors that can influence and benefit the target audience and the general society.

Public Health Preparedness & Response Model
1. PHPR 1.2 Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others.



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