Behavioral Health Conditions in Children Exposed to Natural Disasters

$5.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Beginning


CE Course Description

Children differ from adults physically, developmentally, and socially, which results in a need for disaster response services designed specifically for children of particular age groups.  This CE course discusses the challenges faced by children and adolescents following natural disasters, sheds light on behavioral health consequences of being exposed to traumatic events, and presents various ways to reduce lasting impacts of such events.

Author:  Behavioral Health Conditions in Children and Youth Exposed to Natural Disasters.  (2018, September).  Disaster Technical Assistance Center Supplemental Research Bulletin.  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Conclude the most commonly reported outcome related to mental and/or substance use disorders after a natural disaster.

2.  Determine who should take priority in early intervention efforts.

3.  Identify which demographic experiences the most negative impacts and mental distress caused by natural disasters.

4.  List three risk factors for increased substance use among adolescents after exposure to a natural disaster.

5.  Rank the most important non-modifiable risk or protective factors when it comes to disaster reactions and recovery following exposure.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Common Stress Reactions in Children and Youth After a Disaster

a.  Behavioral Health Conditions in Exposed Youth

b.  Stress and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder / Symptoms

c.  Depression

d.  Substance Use

e.  Anxiety Disorders

f.  Other Mental Disorders

g.  Physical Disorders

h.  Comorbidities

2.  Risk and Protective Factors for Mental Health and Behavioral Health in Youth

a.  Non-modifiable Risk and Protective Factors

b.  Modifiable Risk and Protective Factors

c.  Impact of Indirect Exposure to Natural Disaster

d.  Children’s Reactions to News About Disasters by Age Group

3.  Interventions to Improve Post-Disaster Behavioral Health in Children and Youth

a.  General Intervention Strategy

b.  Screening

c.  Important Considerations

d.  Guidance in Selecting Interventions

e.  Methodologies for Supporting Children After Natural Disasters



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.

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Added On: 2019-01-09

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