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Wednesday, May 29 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Disasters and Mental Health

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The psychosocial reactions to disasters and trauma are recognized to be among the most enduring and debilitating outcomes of disasters. To respond effectively, responders need a full understanding of the psychosocial impact of disasters, which greatly exceeds that of the medical impact on individuals, responders, and the community. Not only do responders need to fully understand this impact on those they are assisting, but they also need to understand the impact on themselves and their colleagues, in order to remain effective and functional both during the response and afterwards.

This presentation will focus on the psychological first aid (PFA) model, which includes interventions with survivors that target immediate needs and acute stress reactions. The workshop will explore the psychosocial consequences of disasters for survivors, communities, and responders, ways to provide practical assistance to meet survivor and responder needs, and self care during and after the response.

This workshop is designed primarily as continuing training for AIC Collections Emergency Response Team members, but is open to all.

Wednesday May 29, 2013 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
JW Marriott White River Ballroom G 10 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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