Disaster Behavioral Health Responders: Compassion Fatigue, Stress, Cultural Awareness and Substance Abuse
$6.00 | CEU Hours:2.00 | Intermediate*This course is not approved for NBCC renewal. Please see our NBCC category of courses here.
CEU Course Description
This course covers several important aspects for Behavioral Health Responders and Administration including the causes and signs of compassion fatigue and tips for preventing it from happening. It provides information that can help supervisors ease the transition for disaster responders returning to work, along with recognizing and reducing potential difficulties in the workplace and enhancing positive consequences for all of their staff. It also helps disaster behavioral health responders better understand historical trauma in the Native American culture and how it may affect disaster preparedness and response efforts and provides information on the warning signs of misusing alcohol, prescription medication, or other substances. As well it presents a series of personal stress prevention and management skills to learn and practice before called upon to respond, approaches to manage stress during deployment and how to ease the transition back to routine work.
Article Author: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Exam writer: Patricia Hocking-Walker, M.S. (Psychology)
CEU Course Objectives
1. Discuss the risks associated with being a disaster behavioral health responder, including signs and causes of compassion fatigue.
2. Outline tips that supervisors of disaster responders can use to help their employees manage stress while contributing to their personal and professional growth.
3. Review special considerations that impact disaster workers when responding to an event in Indian Country.
4. Identify warning signs of misusing alcohol, prescription medication, or other substances among disaster responders and strategies to help those who are struggling with these issues.
5. Describe ways that disaster responders can make a smooth transition back into their work environment.