The purpose of the Disaster Mental Health Response for Children (3rd Edition) educational module is to provide education and resources that can be used as just in time training to prepare providers to identify the needs of pediatric survivors so that they may provide support in a way that helps these children return to pre-disaster levels of functioning.  It will discuss a number of topics including:

  • Common Reactions to Disasters
  • Childhood Grief and Childhood Grief in Disasters
  • Severe Reactions to Disasters: Stress, Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Risk Factors for Developing PTSD
  • When to Seek Help
  • Helping Children
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Talking to Kids About Disaster

It is our hope that pre-hospital and hospital professionals, primary healthcare providers, public health department personnel, nonmedical volunteers, and mental health professionals will utilize these materials to further enhance the care of children during and after disasters.

This educational activity is being presented without the provision of commercial support and without bias or conflict of interest from the course planners. 

This course has been approved for 1.0 continuing education hours.
Continuing education hours have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety.

Course Expiration: May 31, 2024