Children's Psychosocial Needs in Disasters

Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on Children
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Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on Children

Author: : David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

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The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health's second HTML pediatric learning object "Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on Children" addresses the unique psychosocial needs of children in disasters. This learning object is geared towards all health professionals.

The lesson includes "In the Field", which provide examples of how healthcare practitioners applied concepts related to the psychosocial welfare of children after an event. Throughout the lesson, the learner will also complete knowledge-check quizzes to reinforce lesson content. After completing the lesson, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe common adjustment reactions in children exposed to disasters, including the unique ways that bereavement and specific risk factors make adjustment more difficult

  • Take steps to create a healthcare delivery environment that anticipates and reduces contributions to child and family distress after a disaster

  • Advise parents and other caregivers about supporting children's recovery after a disaster

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health has developed this activity in cooperation with Professional Education Services Group, an accredited CME company. Professional Education Services Group has accredited this activity for continuing education credit.

To learn how to use this lesson for in-person training, read the Ten Ideas for Face-to-Face Training PDF 

Release date:September 2013

After completing the lesson, you have the option of choosing to seek CME/CE Credit for the professions listed below.

PhysiciansAccreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Emergency PhysiciansAmerican College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
NursesAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
DentistsAmerican Dental Association-CERP (ADA-CERP)
EMS/ParamedicsContinuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS)
Social WorkersNational Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Psychologists - APAAmerican Psychological Association
Certified Counselors - NBCCNational Board for Certified Counselors
Health Care ExecutivesAmerican College of Health Care Executives (ACHE)
Environmental Health PersonnelNational Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
Health Education SpecialistsNational Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Industrial HygienistsAmerican Board of Industrial Hygiene
Medical AdministratorsAmerican Association of Medical Administrators
MorticiansAcademy of Professional Funeral Service Practice

Accreditation Statements:

Physicians
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Professional Education Services Group, LLC and the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. Professional Education Services Group, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Professional Education Services Group, LLC designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of one hour of AMA PRA Category Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Emergency Physicians
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
This Activity is approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for a maximum of one hour Category I credit.

Nurses
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Professional Education Services Group, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Professional Education Services Group, LLC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 continuing education hour.

Dentists
American Dental Association (ADA)
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between Professional Education Services Group, LLC and the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Professional Education Services Group designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.

EMS/Paramedics
This Activity is approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for a maximum of one hour Category 1 credit. The American College of Emergency Physicians is a member of the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services. (CECBEMS)

Social Workers
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886551225-1466), for 1 Social Work continuing education contact hour.

Psychologists - APA
This activity is approved for 1 hour of continuing education, 1.0 CE Credits. The American Psychological Association (APA) Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 22 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Certified Counselors
Professional Education Services Group (PESG) is a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This activity is accredited by PESG and meets NBCC continuing education requirements for professional counselors for one clock hours of continuing education.

Health Care Executives
Professional Education Services Group has approved this activity for one hour of continuing education credit. Professional Education Services Group is accredited by the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) to provide continuing education credit.

National Environmental Health Professionals
This continuing education activity meets the requirement of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) for one hour of continuing education credit.

Health Education Specialists
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.(CHES) has accredited this activity for one hour of continuing education credit.

Industrial Hygienists
This program has been approved by The American Board of Industrial Hygiene for one contact hour of continuing education credit.

Medical Administrators
The American Academy of Medical Administrators has approved this program for AAMA continuing education contact hours.

Continuing Education (general)
This continuing education activity is accredited for one hour of continuing education. Certificates of participation will be provided to attendees upon request.

Morticians
This course is approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc., for 1 Contact Hours (APFSP Category A, 0.1 CEUs). Course is presented by Professional Education Service Group, Provider Number 1103.