Terrorism: Psychological Impact and Implications

Requesting This Course:

Course Description:
Acts of terrorism are unparalleled in their potential to undermine psychological stability. This course will explore preparedness and response to terrorism with an emphasis on at-risk populations, coping mechanisms, resiliency, self-care for disaster responders, and lessons learned from the Oklahoma City bombing and the attacks of 9/11/01. Psychological and psychosomatic symptoms will be presented, with discussion of how reactions may vary depending on the type of weapon utilized (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive, and cyberterrorism). Other topics will include recent innovations in response to catastrophic disasters and terrorism, including Family Assistance Centers and Respite Centers.This course is designed for anyone who wants to be prepared for effective response to terrorism, including first responders, emergency managers, the military, health and mental health professionals, chaplains and spiritual care personnel, disaster workers, childcare workers and school personnel, and responders in the corporate sector.

Program Highlights:

  • Disaster and their psychological implications
  • Trauma, “at-risk” groups, and phases of disaster
  • “Disaster invariables” that occur in every disaster
  • Terrorism and the intended effects of terrorism
  • Impacts of terrorism from personal experience
  • “Toxicity factors” of terrorist events
  • Factors and situations that influence psychological response
  • “Four-step therapeutic conversation”
  • Psychological impact of disasters
  • “Benign” vs “malignant” psychological reactions

Certificates and Continuing Education:

General Contact Hours: 

Two-Day Course; 14 Contact Hours: 1.4 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.

ICISF Certificate of Completion:

After the completion of this ICISF course, with verified full attendance, participants are eligible to receive an electronic ICISF Certificate of Completion including General Continuing Education Units. Participants are required to complete a course evaluation prior to receiving this Certificate of Completion.

Completion of ICISF courses and receipt of an ICISF Certificate of Completion does not attest to competence in the field, nor does it provide certification in the field of CISM. 

ICISF Speakers Bureau Program: It is up to the Sponsoring Agency to apply for profession-specific Continuing Education Units (CEUs) if they choose to do so.

ICISF Approved-Instructor led Program: While our Approved Instructors have the authority to teach specific ICISF courses, it is their responsibility to apply for profession-specific Continuing Education Units (CEUs) if they choose to do so.

** Please check with your state licensing board prior to registration to see if they will accept the Certificate of Completion as a means for continuing education.

Learn more on our ICISF Continuing Education Information page.