Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Skills for Psychological Recovery: Field Operations Guide


Course Description: Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the weeks and months following disaster and trauma, after the period where Psychological First Aid (PFA) has been utilized or when more intensive intervention than PFA is needed. SPR is designed to help survivors gain skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities. SPR is based on an understanding that disaster survivors will experience a broad range of reactions (physical, psychological, behavioral, spiritual) over differing periods of time. While many survivors will recover on their own, some will experience distressing reactions that interfere with adaptive coping. Compassionate, caring, and informed providers may help these survivors recover by introducing them to the applicable SPR skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe strategies for protecting the mental health of disaster survivors
  • Analyze techniques for enhancing survivors’ abilities to address their needs and concerns
  • Demonstrate skills for promoting the recovery of children, adolescents, adults, and families
  • Assess the prevention of maladaptive behaviors while identifying and supporting adaptive behaviors

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 5 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Steve Berkowitz, MD, Richard Bryant, PhD, Melissa Brymer, PhD, PsyD, Jessica Hamblen, PhD, Anne Jacobs, PhD, Christopher Layne, PhD, Robert Macy, PhD, Howard Osofsky, MD, PhD, Robert Pynoos, MD, MPH, Josef Ruzek, PhD, Alan Steinberg, PhD, Eric Vernberg, PhD, and Patricia Watson, PhD

Content Publisher(s): National Center for PTSD and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Berkowitz is Founder and President of SMB Health Consulting specializing in clinical and operational performance improvement for health care systems and leadership development for administrators, physicians and trustees.

Dr. Bryant is Scientia Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is also an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Director of the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Westmead Hospital.

Dr. Brymer is Director of Terrorism and Disaster programs at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

Dr. Hamblen is currently serving as Acting Deputy Executive Director along with her role as the Deputy for Education at the National Center for PTSD.

Dr. Layne is Director of Education in Evidence-Based Practice, UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

Dr. Macy is a founding member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Dr. Osofsky is Kathleen and John Bricker Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, LSU School of Medicine.

Dr. Pynoos is co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. He is a professor in the UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.

Dr. Ruzek is currently serves as Director of the Dissemination and Training Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD.

Dr. Steinberg is Associate Director, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

Dr. Vernberg is Professor at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Watson is Senior Educational Specialist for the National Center for PTSD and Assistant Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, in the Department of Psychiatry. 

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

American Psychological Association
CEmobile, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
CEmobile, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0454.
The Education Law and Commissioner’s Regulations allow a LMSW or LCSW to complete no more than one-third of the required hours as self-study in each registration period. This would translate to a limit of 12 hours for a typical 36-month registration period.
A New York State LMSW or LCSW is responsible for complying with New York laws, rules and regulations.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
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The following are California BBS-recognized approval agencies:
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
American Psychological Association (APA)

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