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Behavioral Health Considerations in Responding to Catastrophic Events
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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Behavioral Health Considerations in Responding to Catastrophic Events

May 13th Noon - Zoom - 1 FREE CE - REGISTER HERE

The presenters will provide an overview of evidence-based strategies and accessible programs that can prepare clinicians for providing intervention in response to catastrophic events. Programs that will be addressed include Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery, as well as use of trauma-informed interventions (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma and grief component therapy) and telehealth.

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify interventions that can be used in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic event.
2) Identify components of empirically-supported trauma-informed interventions.
3) Describe just-in-time training initiatives.

Course Outline:
1) The social, emotional, and behavioral impact of catastrophic events – 5 minutes
2) Identification of risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder – 5 minutes
3) Psychological First Aid training (supported by NCTSN) – 10 minutes
4) Skills for Psychological Recovery training (supported by NCTSN) – 10 minutes
5) An overview of TF-CBT and TGCT – 10 minutes
6) Just-in-time training/preparing your practice – 10 minutes
7) Q and A (10 minutes)

Kimberly Burkhart, PhD
Carolyn E. Ievers-Landis, PhD

Dr. Burkhart is a licensed clinical psychologist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Case Western University. Dr. Burkhart completed her graduate training at the University of Toledo and her internship and fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Clinically, Dr. Burkhart specializes in treating youth with neurodevelopmental disorders particularly those who have experienced trauma. She also participates in the integrated care model within the pediatric primary care setting. Dr. Burkhart conducts research in the areas of violence prevention and intervention, social determinants of health, child maltreatment, autism spectrum disorder, bullying, and parent training. She has been a principal or co-investigator on both state and federal grants. She is currently conducting research on screening measures used in the pediatric primary care setting, remote implementation of the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program, and development of the integration of behavioral health for the Eastern Great Lakes Pediatric Center for Disaster Excellence funded through the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Carolyn Ievers-Landis, Ph.D, DBSM is a licensed clinical psychologist, Diplomat in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University.  She has a clinical and research specialty in pediatric psychology, including child and adolescent/emerging adult sleep disorders and disaster preparedness. Dr. Ievers-Landis has served since October of 2019 as the Co-Chair of the Mental/Behavioral Health Committee of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)-funded Eastern Great Lakes’ Pediatric Disaster Care Center of Excellence (COE) that was funded to improve disaster response capabilities for children in the United States. In this role, she has been active during the COVID-19 pandemic along with the ASPR-funded Pediatric Disaster COE WRAP-EM site on the west coast preparing materials and programs for children, their families, and medical/mental health providers. Also as part of her work in disaster preparedness and response during the pandemic, Dr. Ievers-Landis was a member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Task Force on COVID-19 and co-author on a publication, supplementary materials, and info-graphics in the area of pediatric/young adult sleep and is the Co-Guest Editor and author on research articles for the journal Children & Health Care & Special Issue on Pediatric Aspects of COVID-19. She has been an expert speaker for a regional talk introducing Rainbow’s Healthy School Restart Playbook in the fall of 2020 and for two national webinars for ASPR TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) on topics related to pediatric disaster preparedness/response during the pandemic. Most recently, Dr. Ievers-Landis was a speaker for the virtual Preparedness Summit conference, presenting on the behavioral health activities, tools, and programs that are still being developed by the ASPR Pediatric Disaster COE.

***The program is co-sponsored by the Michigan Psychological Association and the ASPR Eastern Great Lakes Behavioral Health Work Group. The Michigan Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Michigan Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is offered for 1 hour of continuing education credit.