Pandemic, Bioterrorism, Radiation, Pollution and other “Disasters of Uncertainty” a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Perspectives

Requesting This Course:

CISM in a Pandemic

Course Description:

This program will provide insights into psychological preparedness and response through the lens of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), arguably the most widely used integrated continuum of crisis and disaster-oriented care in the world. We shall examine how CISM can be applied to pandemics and other “disasters of uncertainty.”

CISM may be viewed as a strategic tool in that it may, not only be harnessed in community, organizational, and even larger scale public health applications, but may also be useful to dramatically expand mental health surge capacity in general.

While we cannot always control the manner in which a disaster unfolds, we can control how we prepare and manage our response to such disasters. This program seeks to provide relevant guidance.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will develop an increased understanding of:

  1. The role of uncertainty in increasing psychological toxicity
  2. The nature of psychological casualties and psychological toxicity
  3. The psychological phases of disaster
  4. How the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) integrated continuum of care can be applied across the phases of disaster
  5. Resilient attitudes as the foundation and final arbiter of personal resilience

Note: This program is NOT designed to teach the applied skills of the numerous CISM tactical interventions (psychological first aid [PFA], CISD, crisis management briefing, leadership, etc.). Those skills can be acquired through intervention-specific training courses. Rather, this program takes more of a strategic planning perspective. It is designed to answer the “How do we best respond?” question when facing pandemics, bioterrorism, and radiation-based disasters.

 

Continuing Education Information:

Online Course

General Contact Hours: 3 Contact Hours; 0.3 General CEUs from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Dept. of Emergency Health Services Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)

*Based on a formula of 1 Continuing Education Unit for every 10 contact/classroom hours.