Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry: Protecting Health and Fostering Community Resilience
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Availability
On-Demand
Expires on May 19, 2026
Cost
$0.00
Credit Offered
8 CME Credits
8 COP Credits

Available: 05/19/2023 - 05/19/2026

Pricing

  • Free

In our world a range of disasters, including climate-related disasters, pandemics, and mass violence are occurring with increased frequency and severity. You may have experienced living through multiple disasters in your community. This course will walk through the fundamentals of, as well as interventions in, disasters. This course will cover topics such as: the basic concepts in disaster and preventive psychiatry, psychological and behavioral effects of disasters, risk and vulnerability to disasters, psychological first aid, risk and crisis communication, leadership consultation and preparedness for disasters. 

Format

Asynchronous 8 hour course.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how psychiatrists can support disaster response through a variety of roles in clinical care as well as public health.
  • Identify the range of psychological and behavioral reactions that individuals, communities, and populations can experience during disasters. 
  • Apply the basic skills of Psychological First Aid to mitigate distress and promote recovery in individuals and communities during disasters. 
  • Use risk and crisis communication skills to keep patients, colleagues and the public informed before, during and after a disaster.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of actions necessary to protect the psychological health of healthcare workers, first responders and others called into the line of duty during a disaster.

Outline

  • Module 1: Basic Concepts in Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry
  • Module 2: Psychological and Behavioral Effects of Disasters
  • Module 3: Risk and Vulnerability to Disasters
  • Module 4: Public Health Approaches to Interventions and Disasters
  • Module 5: Psychological First Aid
  • Module 6: Risk and Crisis Communication
  • Module 7: Leadership Consultation
  • Module 8: Disaster Responders
  • Module 9: Disaster Preparedness

Target Audience

Counselor, Psychiatrist, Disaster Reps for District Branch

Instructional Level

Intermediate

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 8 hour
Program Start Date: May 19, 2023
Program End Date: May 19, 2026

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for psychologists, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including viewing the full video and submitting an evaluation. A multiple-choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the completion date and hours/credits earned.

Continuing Education Credit

Physicians

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Instructor

  • Joshua C. Morganstein, M.D., DFAPA, Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
    Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Military & Emergency Medicine, Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University
  • James C. West, M.D., DFAPA, Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University

Planners

  • Joshua C. Morganstein, M.D., DFAPA, Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
    Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Military & Emergency Medicine, Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University
  • James C. West, M.D., DFAPA, Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University

Reviewer

  • Desta Lissanu, M.D., Psychiatrist, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital—General Psychiatry Residency (currently)

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. If you have trouble accessing any of APA’s online resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 for assistance.

Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This website requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be:  Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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