Course Description: This course identifies best approaches for the assessment and management of children and adolescents across all phases of a disaster. Delivered within a disaster system of care, many interventions are appropriate for implementation in the weeks and months after a disaster. These include psychological first aid, family outreach, psychoeducation, social support, screening, and anxiety reduction techniques. The clinician should assess and monitor risk and protective factors across all phases of a disaster. Schools are a natural site for conducting assessments and delivering services to children. Multimodal approaches using social support, psychoeducation, and cognitive behavioral techniques have the strongest evidence base. Psychopharmacologic interventions are not generally used but may be necessary as an adjunct to other interventions for children with severe reactions for coexisting psychiatric conditions.
Course Credit(s): 1 CE Credit or Hour
Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)
Course Schedule: Self-paced
Course Author(s): Betty Pfefferbaum, MD, JD, Jon A. Shaw, MD, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee on Quality Issues
Content Publisher(s): American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, © All Rights Reserved, 2017
Course Author(s) Qualifications:
Dr. Pfefferbaum is George Lynn Cross Research Professor and former chairman (1996-2014) of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. She is a board-certified general and child psychiatrist, a lawyer, and member of the Oklahoma Bar.
Dr. Shaw is Professor and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Miami School of Medicine. He is certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult and Child Psychoanalysis.
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) www.aswb.org, 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 1 clinical continuing education clock hours.