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Emergency Mental Health Crisis Response and Recovery
Course: BHS235

First Term: 2018 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Course Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S- Standard

Description: Comprehensive study of natural and human-caused disasters and their effects on the trauma survivor. Introduction to basic emergency mental health interventions to help stabilize those experiencing crisis following critical incident disasters.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define natural and human-caused critical incidents. (I)
2. Identify the psychological, behavioral and physiological reactions to critical incidents. (II)
3. Identify and describe various effective treatment modalities and protocols for critical incidents. (III)
4. Demonstrate the ability to use basic emergency mental health interventions and techniques for stabilization and recovery after a critical incident. (III)
5. Demonstrate self-application of professional resiliency skills to combat compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Critical incidents
   A. Natural disasters
   B. Human-caused disasters
   C. Technological disasters
   D. Community disasters
   E. Terrorism
II. Reactions
   A. Psychological and behavioral
   B. Physiological
III. Crisis disaster and terrorism intervention
   A. Psychological first aid/Psychological first aid for schools (PFA-S)
      1. Contact and engagement
      2. Safety and comfort
      3. Stabilization
      4. Information gathering
      5. Practical assistance
      6. Connection and social support
      7. Information on coping
      8. Connection with collaborative services
   B. Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR)
      1. Gathering information and prioritizing assistance
      2. Building problem solving skills
      3. Promoting positive activities
      4. Managing reactions
      5. Promoting helpful thinking
      6. Rebuilding healthy social connections
   C. Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
      1. Large group crisis intervention
         a. Demobilization
         b. Crisis management briefing (CMB)
      2. Small group crisis intervention
         a. Defusing
         b. Group debriefing
         c. Critical incident stress debriefing (CISD)
IV. Professional caregiver resilience: Compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress
   A. Symptoms
      1. Cognitive/Psychological
      2. Behavioral
      3. Spiritual
      4. Somatic
      5. Relational
      6. Normal
      7. Causes
   B. Self-application of a five (5)-point treatment and prevention system
      1. Self-regulation
      2. Intentionality
      3. Perceptual maturation
      4. Connection and support
      5. Self-care and revitalization

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 26, 2018

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