102093: Dealing with the Aftermath of Mass Disaster Events

About the Course:

The webinar “Dealing with the Aftermath of Mass Disaster Events,” provides guidelines to planning for and managing a mass disaster. You will learn about what may occur during a disaster, common reactions of those effected, and what you can do to help in the event of a mass disaster. This webinar will give you a better picture of what commonly occurs on both a personal and societal level when a large group of people have had their world turned upside-down. After completing this one hour course, you will be better prepared and equipped to respond if a mass disaster strikes.


Crisis Care Network

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Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, FAAETS (presenter)

About the Author:

Dennis Potter serves as Manager, Consultant Relations and Training for Crisis Care Network. He is a licensed social worker and certified addiction counselor. Dennis has received training and supervision in Cognitive Therapy from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, PA. He has participated in a train the trainer courses in Motivational Interviewing and has provided this training to a variety of mental health, substance abuse agencies and in the business community. Dennis helped to form one of the first community based Crisis Response Teams in the country. He was one of the founding members of the Mid-West Michigan CISM Team and the Michigan Crisis Response Association. Dennis is recognized as a Fellow, by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. To achieve this credential, he completed a comprehensive application and examination, along with supporting documentation, to validate his experience in working with survivors of traumatic events, knowledge of the literature, and level of education. Since 1989, Dennis has helped to train many of the CISM teams in Michigan and in 24 other states. He is frequently called upon for consultation after particularly difficult events. Dennis has conducted or consulted on all manner of traumatic events for communities, businesses, schools, police, fire and emergency services personnel, the U S Post Office, and community mental health agencies. He has presented at many local, state, regional, national and international conferences. Dennis has provided training in both Latvia and Denmark. He has presented at the last 10 International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) World Congresses and was awarded the ICISF Excellence in Training and Educations Award at the ICISF 2011 World Congress.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers who seek knowledge about guidelines to planning for and managing a mass disaster. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Prepare for a mass disaster using the all hazard approach

  2. Utilize the Five Empirically-supported Early Intervention Principles

  3. Understand and apply the recovery continuum

  4. Utilize the key concepts to managing a disaster

  5. Incorporate the four phases of mass disaster response

  6. Identify risk factors related to the disaster, individuals, and the social system

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