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PsychoSocial/Behavioral Response to Radiological and Nuclear Disasters is an awareness-level orientation course that addresses mental health/behavioral health issues relevant to radiological/nuclear disasters. The training incorporates elements of established disaster mental health knowledge gleaned from actual radiological/nuclear events as well as practices described in leading academic and governmental publications.
Completed in September 2010 and available at no cost to NACCHO members, the course provides curriculum for educators and trainers responsible for workforce development in behavioral health response competencies for radiological/nuclear disaster workers. The CD tool provides training materials that allow public health departments, healthcare, EMS personnel, other public safety responders and public health partners to effectively understand how to provide for early detection of, and the mitigation of the deleterious behavioral health and psychosocial effects of a nuclear or radiological disaster. The course also includes exercises that cover radiation exposure devices, radiological dispersion devices (dirty bomb) or improvised nuclear devices, and how to effectively interact with the public and healthcare community via the application of Psychological First Aid and effective Risk Communication.
The CD is a train-the-trainer tool that consists of didactic instruction including PowerPoint slides as presentation aids as well as practice of concepts learned using vignettes/scenarios, group discussion, and decision-making with feedback. Handouts and references also provide detail that extends the scope of the presented materials. Trainer guidance is also provided as self-study material.
Training addresses the four major intervention strategies for mental health/behavioral health management of a radiological/nuclear mass casualty incident: mental health triage, psychological first aid, risk communication, and building personal and community resilience.
Local health departments can use the resources on the CD “as is” or customize them for their unique needs. The product requires no special training or computer equipment other than the availability of a CD drive with optional Internet connection.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center