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Disaster Psychiatry Training

Playlist of 8 videos

Part 1: Disaster Fundamentals: Basic Concepts in Disaster & Preventative Psychiatry
In this introduction to “Disaster Fundamentals,” Dr. Joshua Morganstein reviews disaster basics including different types of disasters. He addresses the intersection between disasters and mental health and demonstrates the tandem relationship between clinical care and addressing overall population health during times of disasters.


Part 2: Disaster Fundamentals: Psychological & Behavioral Effects of Disasters
In the second part of “Disaster Fundamentals,” Dr. Curt West discusses how individuals and communities respond to disasters. He highlights the consistent psychological and behavioral responses that appear in communities and individuals post-disaster and reviews the impacts that media exposure plays in the role of disasters. Finally, Dr. West explains the community phases of a disaster which can help inform responders to the appropriate timing of mental health education and interventions.


Part 3: Disaster Fundamentals: Risk & Vulnerability to Disasters
In the third and final part of “Disaster Fundamentals,” Dr. Joshua Morganstein examines risk and vulnerability before, during and after disasters. He outlines several different populations and their unique risk factors and how providers can assess populations for risk and resilience.



Part 4: Disaster Interventions: Introduction
In this video, Dr. Joshua Morganstein provides an introduction to disaster interventions, including public health approaches to interventions that promote well being and foster resiliency. He outlines a few methods for effective communication and education and briefly describes the disaster cycle.



Part 5: Disaster Interventions: Psychological First Aid (PFA)
In the fifth part of this course,” Dr. Curt West explains the 5 essential elements of psychological first aid (PFA) which is an evidenced-informed framework for supporting resilience in individuals, communities and organizations. He breaks down each of the 5 elements and describes several types of community support structures.



Part 6: Disaster Interventions: Risk & Crisis Communication
In the sixth part of this course, Dr. Joshua Morganstein explores how risk and crisis communication can be a behavioral health intervention. He goes in depth about specific communication and messaging techniques that can influence community well-being and perceptions of risk.




Part 7: Disaster Interventions: Leadership
In the video,” Dr. Curt West explores how leadership can be an effective intervention. He emphasizes that leaders can vary and describes some actions that leaders can do to positively affect the community and organization around them during times of crisis.




Part 8: Disaster Interventions: Preparedness
In the final part of this course, Dr. Joshua Morganstein elaborates on how to prepare for a disaster to limit negative behavioral health reactions. He reviews ways to improve individual preparedness and provides an overview of the available behavioral health resources that are free and readily available. Finally, Dr. Morganstein summarizes the concepts learned in this training program series.