Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters

This online course costs $47
You will be attributed 4 CE credit hour(s) after passing this course

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1) I have read the entire required .pdf text file for this course.

2) Mental health intervention has become a valued dimension of immediate and long-term disaster response.

3) The president has the authority to fund mental health crisis services.

4) Post-disaster mental health services are are virtually the same as the work activities of most mental health professionals.

5) Crisis Counseling Programs typically find that paraprofessionals from the affected communities can be highly effective community outreach workers.

6) Disasters are always uniform events.

7) While there are divergent findings regarding whether natural or human-caused disasters produce greater overall psychological effects, there are clearly psychological reactions unique to each.

8) Most disasters have a poorly defined end points that rarely signal the beginning of the recovery period.

9) Research findings are inconsistent with regard to the impact of gender and age on psychological outcomes.

10) Both community and individual responses to a major disaster tend to progress according to phases.

11) The impact period of a disaster can vary from the slow, low-threat buildup associated with some types of floods to the violent, dangerous, and destructive outcomes associated with tornadoes and explosions.

12) Disaster stress and grief reactions are normal responses to an abnormal situation.

13) Each stage of life is accompanied by special challenges in coping with the aftermath of a disaster and age-related vulnerabilities to disaster stress.

14) Disaster stress may be internalized and expressed through psychosomatic symptoms such as, gastrointestinal distress, headaches, skin problems, or vague aches and pains.

15) Disaster mental health programs must respond specifically and sensitively to the various cultural groups affected by a disaster.

16) Disaster mental health work is rarely stressful for the therapist.

17) Preventive stress management focuses on two critical contexts: the organization and the individual.

18) To be an effective disaster mental health worker, one must be flexible, easily able to establish rapport, respectful of differences among people, and tolerant of ambiguity and confusion.

19) When individuals who have not been oriented to disaster mental health issues administer programs, unnecessary conflicts and inconsistencies arise.

20) Crisis counseling staff training serves multiple functions.

21) When paraprofessional staff have participated in a training session on counseling skills prior to the program's comprehensive disaster mental health training, they can engage with the disaster information from a broader context and foundation.

22) Counseling skill building through role-playing, observing role models, discussing case examples, and giving and receiving feedback helps paraprofessional staff gain competency.

23) In-service training also serves the important function of bringing the staff together to strengthen group cohesion, social support, morale and creativity.

24) Most affluent, middle to upper middle class people live with a sense of insecurity and see themselves as vulnerable to the devastation and tragedy associated with disasters as anyone else.

25) People with mental illness have the same capacity to "rise to the occasion" and perform heroically as the general population during the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

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