This course was developed to support licensed behavioral health practitioners as they professionally respond to nationwide and local community crises. In the best of circumstances, being a service provider can be challenging, but crises can significantly change the world, along with the roles and responsibilities of behavioral health and other service professionals. The course begins by providing a review of key public health practices utilized during epidemics and pandemics, and briefly explores the psychosocial impact of prolonged restrictions on normal day-to-day activities. There is also a review of key strategies and tools for managing stress, preventing burnout, and increasing resilience, with the focus on practitioners. Additionally, there is a review of the biological, social, and psychological aspects of coping during crises. Throughout the course content, short video clips and optional resources related to specific coping strategies are presented.
This course was developed to support licensed behavioral health professionals in balancing their personal and professional lives in the midst of worldwide, national, or local community crises.
After completion of this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify public health purposes, goals, and terms associated with a pandemic, along with known effects of short-term and prolonged crises.
- Identify strategies to minimize practitioner stress and burnout.
- Identify biological, social, and psychological aspects of coping with national and community-level crises, along with specific copying strategies.