Psychiatric Dimensions of Disasters

The mission/vision statement of Disaster Psychiatry Canada is to develop and maintain a well trained committed team of psychiatric specialists able to serve the mental health needs of people and communities affected by disasters, in coordination with emergency and public health responders. The goals of their inaugural training module are reduction and prevention of post-disaster mental illness, and fostering of resilience.

This activity has not been formally reviewed by the CFPC; however, it is eligible for non-certified credits. Mainpro+ participants may also earn additional certified credits by completing a Linking Learning exercise.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will:

  • Develop a basic familiarity with the special clinical and research issues surrounding the psychiatric and emotional effects of disasters on victims and relief workers
  • Identify the major psychiatric symptoms and syndromes, which follow a disaster
  • Identify the various clinical options available in treating disaster victims
  • Identify the complexities of working at a disaster site
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Module 1 Inaugural Training Course  
Unit 1 Introduction and Opening Remarks
Unit 2 Overview of Disaster Mental Health and Psychiatrists’ Involvement
Unit 3 Greater Toronto (GTA) Mass Casualty Review
Unit 4 Acute Intervention and Needs Assessment
Unit 5 Post Acute Phase - Adult and Risk Communication
Unit 6 Psychological First Aid-Practice and Pitfalls; Self Care
Unit 7 Children and Families; Trauma and Grief
Unit 8 Morning Speakers’ Panel
Unit 9 Preparing Hospital Staff for Disasters
Unit 10 Health Emergency Management, Ministry Of Health, Ontario
Unit 11 Legal and Ethical Aspects
Unit 12 Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks