First responders, church leaders, mental health clinicians and other community members are invited to attend a training workshop on disaster mental health and psychological first aid presented by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.
This workshop will address the topic of psychological first aid (PFA) in a disaster or emergency situation. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. The training will consider incidents such as terrorism, bioterrorism, and natural disasters and how the principles of PFA may be applied in those response situations.
According to the DMH, the objectives of the workshop are for to participants to be able to describe the natural reactions to disaster and how those reactions influence recovery, to be able to describe and use psychological first aid, to be able to identify risk factors and unique recovery issues, and to be able to recognize common stress reactions in responders and describe strategies for self-care/team-care.
Workshop presenters include Joan Keenan and Jenny Wiley. Keenan has served as the assistant coordinator for the office of disaster services since October 2010. She has worked closely with the DMH response to the Joplin tornado and with the implementation of the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) grant to assist survivors of that disaster. Keenan oversees the DMH’s Show-Me-Response unit – Missouri’s volunteer registration system administered by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).
Wiley has served as the coordinator of disaster services for the Missouri DMH for the past seven years. She oversees the department’s behavioral health development and response including strategic planning within the DMH and with DMH providers, interagency partners, and voluntary and faith-based organizations. Wiley also was part of the team the developed the CCP that provided best practices in outreach and crisis counseling to Joplin after the tornado. She has extensive experience in CCP training, developing training programs, and preparing disaster mental health documents.
The workshop is eligible for CEU credit for Missouri licensed social workers and is POST certified. Other professionals, or those outside of Missouri, should check with their licensing boards about possible CEU credit eligibility.
The SBU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is hosting this training as a free community outreach event.
Workshop attendance is free, but limited to the first 50 participants so pre-registration is required. You may register online at www.SBUniv.edu/mentalhealthworkshop.
For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Saladino, BSW program director, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.