Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa

Effect of Disasters on Mental Health for Children and Adolescents

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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This course will be helpful for anyone who will come into professional contact with disaster victims who are children or adolescents, including DMAT, hospital workers, EMTs, primary care providers and public health workers.

This course covers the following topics: 

  • Risk Factors
  • Psychological First Aid for Children and Adolescents
  • What Parents Can Do to Help
  • Common Reactions of Children and Adolescents to Traumatic Stress
  • Pathological Reactions of Children and Adolescents to Traumatic Stress
  • Treatment Options

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to participate in a scenario-based activity, in which you will apply the knowledge you have attained.

Reviewers say, "Course well designed. Easy to use."

What You'll Learn

  • Recognize the risk factors involved for a child or adolescent developing mental health problems as a result of exposure to disaster
  • Recognize symptoms of acute psychological distress in children or adolescents
  • Administer ”psychological first aid” to children and adolescents to provide them with stabilization during and in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event
  • Describe how 4 major components in the psycho-physiological response to trauma (somatic, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive) manifest themselves in pre-school children, older children, and adolescents
  • Advise parents/caregivers what they do to help prevent their child or adolescent from developing mental health problems after a traumatic event
  • Distinguish between a normal and pathological reaction to disaster trauma in children and adolescents
  • Discuss treatment options for children and adolescents who develop mental health disorders

Competency Terms

Access to Clinical Care
Emergency Preparedness and Response (all hazards)
Cultural Competency Skills
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Relationship Building
Public Health Science Skills
Application of Public Health Sciences

Related Occupations

Behavioral Health Professional
Community Health Worker
Home Health Worker
Medical Examiner
Other Registered Nurse-Clinical Services
Physician Assistant
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker