On this page the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) presents information on disaster behavioral health (DBH) online trainings (web-based courses); field events (DBH conferences, including meetings, workshops, and conventions); and webcasts (SAMHSA DTAC and non-SAMHSA DTAC media presentations on DBH topics). If you would like to add an event to our Education and Training listing, please contact SAMHSA DTAC.
*Upcoming - Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EST* Mass Casualty: Support and Response Webinar
The goal of this 60-minute webinar is for speakers to share information about reactions that responders may be having as a result of the recent mass casualty events and for participants to learn about related resources available through SAMHSA.
This webinar will help support response efforts and promote responders' individual and peer group resiliency by ensuring that participants are able to:
Featured speakers include CDR Jeffrey Coady, Psy.D., SAMHSA Region V Administrator; Heather Oglesby, SAMHSA Project Officer; and CDR Jamie Seligman, SAMHSA Project Officer.
SAMHSA encourages participation in this webinar by MRC, USPHS, and responders who are interested in promoting resiliency in mass casualty events.
Please register now ; space is limited.
You will be asked to provide your name and e-mail address. After you complete registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with all of the information and instructions needed to access the webinar on April 23, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time (10:00 a.m. Central time/9:00 a.m. Mountain time/8:00 a.m. Pacific time). We encourage participants to log in 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure that your system is compatible with the program and your speakers are at a comfortable level.
Helping Children and Youth Cope in the Aftermath of Disasters: Tips for Parents and Other Caregivers, Teachers, Administrators, and School Staff Podcast
The goal of this 50-minute podcast is to help parents, caregivers, teachers, and other schools staff to identify common reactions of children and youth to disaster and trauma, and discover helpful approaches to support immediate and long-term recovery.
Hosted by Julie Liu, M.A., public health advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, presenters include Robin Gurwitch, Ph.D., Center for Family Health, Duke University Medical Center and Russell T. Jones, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University. Dr. Gurwitch, a clinical psychologist and Duke University faculty member, is a master trainer in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, focusing on resiliency for families affected by trauma. Dr. Jones is a professor of psychology at Virginia Tech University and a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma psychology in the areas of natural and technological disasters as well as interpersonal violence.
Deployment Supports for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders Podcast
The goal of this 30-minute podcast is to prepare disaster behavioral health (DBH) responders and their family members for deployment by reviewing pre- and post-deployment guidelines and ways to prepare oneself and one's family members for the stress of deployment and reintegration into regular work and family life. This podcast aims to accomplish the following:
The featured speaker is April Naturale, Ph.D., of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC). Dr. Naturale is a traumatic stress specialist with a 25-year history in health/mental health administration. She directed New York's disaster mental health response following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and spent several years in the Gulf Coast after the large-scale hurricanes that devastated the area.
SAMHSA DTAC encourages participation by behavioral health, public health, and other professionals involved in emergency management/disaster response. If you have questions, need additional information, or want to provide feedback regarding this podcast or suggestions for future podcasts, please contact DTAC@samhsa.hhs.gov.
Cultural Awareness: Children and Youth in Disasters Podcast
The goal of this 60-minute podcast is to assist disaster behavioral health responders in providing culturally aware and appropriate disaster behavioral health services for children, youth, and families impacted by natural and human-caused disasters. The podcast aims to accomplish the following:
Featured speakers include April Naturale, Ph.D., of SAMHSA DTAC and Russell T. Jones, Ph.D., of Virginia Tech University. Dr. Naturale is a traumatic stress specialist with a 25-year history in health/mental health administration. Dr. Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech University and a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma psychology in the areas of natural and technological disasters as well as interpersonal violence.
SAMHSA DTAC encourages participation by behavioral health, public health, and other professionals involved in emergency management/disaster response activities who are interested in learning more about working with children and youth following a disaster or need a refresher about the disaster response issues specific to this population. View archived podcasts.
Self-Care for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders Podcast
SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) is pleased to present the Self-Care for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders podcast. The goal of this 60-minute podcast is to provide information, best practices, and tools that enable disaster behavioral health (DBH) responders and supervisors to identify and effectively manage stress and secondary traumatic stress through workplace structures and self-care practices. The podcast will do all of the following:
Featured speakers include April Naturale, Ph.D., of SAMHSA DTAC and Jeannette David, Georgia Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator.
SAMHSA DTAC encourages participation by behavioral health, public health, and other professionals involved in emergency management/disaster response and interested in learning more about self-care best practices. View archived podcasts.
Promising Practices in Disaster Behavioral Health Planning Webinar Series
From June to August 2011, SAMHSA DTAC held the Promising Practices in Disaster Behavioral Health Planning webinar series that consisted of nine webinars addressing promising practices in integrated mental health and substance abuse DBH planning. These webinars are meant to assist State and Territory disaster behavioral health coordinators, disaster mental health coordinators, and disaster substance abuse coordinators, as well as emergency management/behavioral health coordinators for Tribes, with the development and implementation of their DBH plans. The webinars have been recorded and are currently available for viewing. View archived Promising Practices webinars.
SAMHSA DTAC encourages all States, Territories, and Tribes to view the recorded webinars. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Terri Spear (Emergency Coordinator, SAMHSA/Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation/Division of Policy Innovation) at 240-276-2244 or email@example.com or Dr. Amy Mack (SAMHSA DTAC Project Director) at 240-744-7090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Awareness of Disaster Behavioral Health Webinar Series
In July and August 2011, SAMHSA DTAC held the Building Awareness of Disaster Behavioral Health webinar series to educate participants about the mental health, substance abuse, and stress management needs of people who have been exposed to human-caused, natural, or technological disasters. The webinars also help to build awareness about preparedness and response efforts in this area. The content of the webinars can be utilized by mental and non-mental health professionals who are involved in emergency management/disaster response and interested in learning more about mental health and substance abuse issues. The webinars featured nationally known mental health and substance abuse experts, as well as representatives from the fields of public health and emergency management. The webinars have been recorded and are currently available for viewing. View archived Building Awareness webinars.
Disaster Mental Health Counseling Podcast
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Emergency Preparedness Concerns for Older Adults
|January 26, 2009|
Principles of Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction
|September 18, 2012|
Promoting Mental Health in the Wake of Disaster
|March 9, 2009|
Safe Schools: Behavioral Health Recovery After Crisis Situations
|December 16, 2008|
Safe Schools: Crisis Intervention; How to Support People Coping with Loss
|March 16, 2010|
State of All Hazards Preparedness for Children: Partnerships and Models for Merging Emergency Department and Disaster Preparedness Efforts Nationwide
|March 24, 2010|
Stress Management for Emergency Responders—What Agencies Can Do
|January 21, 2009|
Understanding and Responding to the Needs of Children After Large-Scale Disasters
|May 22, 2008|
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Early Responders Distance Learning Center
The Early Responders Distance Learning Center created and administers accredited courses for the emergency response community on preparing for and responding to terrorist incidents. The courses offer a specialized focus on psychological perspectives and issues.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Online Courses
FEMA offers free independent study courses that can be completed for continuing education units. Courses cover topics such as emergency preparedness, developing and managing volunteers, and the Incident Command System.
John Hopkins Public Health Preparedness Programs: Mental Health Preparedness Trainings
The John Hopkins Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center has developed a variety of mental health preparedness trainings that are available online:
Massachusetts Environmental Health Association Disaster Behavioral Health Training
The Massachusetts Environmental Health Association has developed several disaster behavioral health trainings that are available online:
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Psychological First Aid (PFA) Online Course
The NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma is an online training center geared toward professionals and families seeking to learn more about child traumatic stress. Many resources specifically focus on disaster-related trauma and grief. The NCTSN Learning Center also features PFA Online, a 6-hour course in which the student plays the role of a provider working in a scene after a disaster. According to the online course description, "this professionally narrated course is for individuals who are new to disaster response and want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation's trauma experts and survivors. PFA Online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share experiences of using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training."
Office of Minority Health Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response
These four online courses build knowledge and skills for disaster and crisis personnel and volunteers to "provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to diverse communities during all phases of disaster." The curriculum is grouped into three themes: culturally competent care, language access services, and organizational supports.
University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Public Health Preparedness Training Web Site
According to this site, it "offers free short Internet-based trainings developed by the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) on public health preparedness topics such as disease surveillance, basic epidemiology, bioterrorism, and new/emerging disease agents."
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2013 Preparedness, Emergency Response, and Recovery Consortium (PERRC) and Exhibition
May 8–10, 2013; Orlando, Florida
Sponsored by the Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc., the consortium will bring together both governmental and private sector personnel to share best practices in mitigation, emergency management, and response before, during, and after a disaster. According to the website, during the conference, subject matter experts will present and lead forum discussions on "lessons learned during times of preparedness, response, and recovery in public health emergencies, affecting healthcare infrastructure."
Maryland Emergency Management Association Conference
May 28–31, 2013; Ocean City, Maryland
This conference will cover topics in social media, the National Disaster Recovery Framework, resiliency, strategic planning, pandemic influenza, disaster mental health, wildfires, and emergency planning.
Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
May 29–31, 2013; Brisbane, Australia
This conference is jointly sponsored by the Australian Institute of Emergency Services, the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Organization Inc., and the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc. The conference will cover topics in natural and human-caused hazards and disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. It will include discussion of human and social issues that arise during and after disasters.
This conference is sponsored by the International Federation of Social Workers. The theme for the conference is "Social Work Amidst Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Building Capacities and Global Partnership." Conference tracks include psychosocial support interventions for adults and children during disasters; social work, climate change, and disasters; and multidimensional support for social workers and other humanitarian aid workers.
Humanitarian Disaster Institute Disaster Leadership Workshop
http://www.wheaton.edu/~/media/Files/Centers-and-Institutes/HDI/HDI%20Disaster%20Leadership%20Workshop.pdf [PDF - 532 KB]
June 4–8, 2013; Wheaton, Illinois
According to the online event brochure, the goal of this workshop is "to equip pastors and church leaders who will be able to lead their congregations in developing effective disaster ministries." The Humanitarian Disaster Institute brings together leaders from domestic and international faith-based organizations and congregations to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
Eighth European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference
June 6–9, 2013; Bologna, Italy
The theme for this conference is "Trauma and its Clinical Pathways: PTSD and Beyond." The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers and clinicians to discuss topics including trauma prevention and recovery in emergency services and disasters, innovative practice and therapy models in different cultural contexts, traumatic stress, assessment of children and youth, trauma across the lifespan, the psychopharmacology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and posttraumatic growth.
The College on Problems of Drug Dependence 75th Annual Meeting
June 15–20, 2013; San Diego, California
According to the website, the goal of this meeting is "to present and disseminate information about ongoing research in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences." This meeting brings together researchers and clinicians from academia, government, and private organizations and will include a mix of symposia, special lectures, workshops, oral presentations, and poster sessions.
Global Health and Well-Being: The Social Work Response
June 17–19, 2013; New York, New York
This conference is co-sponsored by the National Association of Deans and Directors and the New York Association of Deans of Schools of Social Work. The purpose of the conference is to define the social work response to address pressing health and psychosocial problems globally. One of the conference themes is "Trauma, Crises, and Response," including natural disaster, war, and violence. The conference will include keynote addresses, roundtable discussions, panels, and breakout workshops.
The World Conference on Disaster Management will bring together disaster management professionals from over 35 countries to provide "a global perspective on current issues and concerns in the industry." Conference track topics include resilience, crisis communications, emergency management, and business continuity management.
The 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health
June 23–27, 2013; Los Angeles, California
This conference is co-sponsored by the University of Southern California School of Social Work and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The conference theme is "Pathways to Client-Centered Care—Research to Practice: Completing the Circle." According to the website, "this conference is designed to promote engagement, learning, and collaboration within an international network of social work practitioners and academics." The conference will focus on topics including recovery; evidence-based practice; and integrated service settings in health, mental health, and substance use.
Sponsored by the World Association for Social Psychiatry, the topic of this conference is "The bio-psycho-social model: The future of psychiatry." The main topics include natural and human-caused disasters, such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and mental health; ways to create alliances to respond to mental health challenges; and comorbid mental and physical illnesses.
Third International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes
July 9–11, 2013; A Coruña, Spain
This conference is organized by the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) and co-sponsored by WIT Transactions on the Built Environment and the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering. The purpose of this conference is, according to its website, to provide a forum for partners in disaster management and leading academics to exchange information "on current global health risks, and how best to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in order to reduce human health impacts." The conference will bring together leading academics and disaster management professionals to exchange information about best practices for prevention in disaster management and public health related to both natural and human-caused disasters.
Great Plains Disaster Behavioral Health Conference
July 12, 2013; Lincoln, Nebraska
This conference is organized by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and aimed at behavioral health professionals, public health officials, clergy, emergency managers, first responders, and security professionals. The conference will focus on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery issues, including resiliency, ethical issues, posttraumatic stress disorder, and children's response to disaster.
The American Psychological Association Convention will offer half- and full-day workshops on psychological practice, education, science, and research in areas including ethics, assessment, trauma, geriatrics, and technology in psychology.
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Last updated 4/30/2013
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This installment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on first responders and, currently, Hurricane Sandy.