Terrorism: Psychological Impact and Implications

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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

Continuing Education Information:

Two-Day Course: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

General Contact Hours:

14 Contact Hours: 1.4 General CEUs from UMBC Training Centers

Profession Specific Contact Hours:

14 PDHs for EAPs, 14 CE Credits for National Certified Addiction Counselors

*PLEASE NOTE: These hours are only applicable towards courses offered at Regional Trainings, Online Courses, and World Congress.  

Approved Instructor Courses:

It is up to the Approved Instructors or sponsoring agency to apply for profession specific Continuing Education Unit’s if they choose.  Learn more on our CEU Information page.

** 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.