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DelValle Institute: Advanced Disaster Behavioral Health for Community Settings

  • Franklin Park Zoon 1 Franklin Park Road Boston, MA, 02121 United States (map)

Course Description:
Oftentimes disaster response is associated with terrorist attacks, mass shootings, hurricanes, floods, landslides, and other large scale events. Recent history, however, has made it clear that local neighborhoods and institutions could also be impacted by both natural and human-caused disasters. These range from gas explosions, motor vehicle, crashes, fires, active-shooter events, and other events that could happen in community settings.

Local residents are a potential resource to address the impact of these events. They are also often called upon to respond to micro-incidents that do not warrant an agency response, such as anniversary triggers, natural death, illness related death, loss of property, deportation of a loved one, and other incidents that occur on a regular basis in Boston neighborhoods.

This course will build upon the foundation of the Basic 2-day Post Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM) course. It will focus on Resiliency Building Interventions and advanced PTSM skills for community members and the self-care and workforce protection they need.

Participants will be given an orientation to the Boston Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Attendees who enroll in the MRC will be able to participate in local and city-wide deployments led by the Office of Public Health Preparedness.

This course will build upon the foundation of Post-Traumatic Stress Management – Boston Disaster Behavioral Health Training or equivalent.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, attendees will learn about:

  1. How you can serve your community and the City of Boston through Medical Reserve Corps, and how to enroll in it
  2. A detailed overview of resilience and how it relates to self-esteem, self-efficacy, and coping
  3. Vicarious trauma, self-care planning
  4. Resiliency building interventions and advanced components of PTSM
  5. Advance skills through table top exercises and live drills

Target Audience:
Neighborhood residents who have taken the 2-day Post-Traumatic Stress Management – Boston Disaster Behavioral Health Training, including daycare providers, clergy, church staff, youth workers, housing workers, school staff, coaches, clinicians, retail workers, etc.

Dr. Robert D. Macy, PhD, DMT
President, International Trauma Center