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Addressing Issues of Post-Disaster Trauma Relief for Victims and First Responders

alt Instructor: A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D., JD, ABPP, Synde Acks, Psy.D., Nick Demara, Ph.D., Cress Forester, Psy.D., Sarah Katz, MPH, Dominic “Nick” Lucia, EdD, Jan Myers, MS, Christine Naber, Ph.D., Anish Shah, MD, and Richard Zimmer, Ph.D.

alt Approved for 5 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills Requirements for Psycholgist, MFTs, LCSWs, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

alt This course is designed for Full and Part-Time Private Practitioners, and Full and Part-Time Agency Employees

alt High Resolution Online Streaming Video Format Available

Christine Naber, Ph.D.

On October 8, 2017, fire broke out near Tubbs Lane in Calistoga, California.  This event became the deadliest fire in California, burning over 36,000 acres and resulting in tremendous loss of property and life. While this and other blazes in Sonoma, Napa, and Lake counties are now contained, the work of our communities is just beginning. The impact of this disaster on mental health is far reaching and will require an integrated, long-term approach. This 5-hour workshop will consist of 4 lectures and a panel discussion devoted to providing culturally competent care to trauma patients and first responders. The neurobiological underpinnings of trauma will be explored, as will ways to deal with secondhand trauma as a clinician and community member.


Course Goal and Objectives

  • Apply culturally competent trauma work to first responders.
  • Analyze ways to work psychologically with teens in crisis.
  • Describe neurobiological systems affected by trauma, risk and resiliency factors of developing PTSD, and biological-based treatment methods.
  • Discuss therapist stress and ways to deal with vicarious traumatization as a clinician.
  • Demonstrate understanding of psychological first aid, psychology of grief, and public health consequences of disaster.

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All proceeds from the sale of this course go to the
Redwood Psychological Association


CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 5 hours Continuing Education credit for licensed mental health professionals in most states.

  • The Steve Frankel Group (SFG) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. SFG maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • In California, the Board of Behavioral Studies (BBS) accepts CE credit hours from providers approved by the APA.