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Upcoming CDC COCA Call on 10/26 - Primary Care Providers’ Role in Supporting Children, Families, and Professional Self-Care Following Hurricanes and Other Disasters

Monday, October 16, 2017 1:10 PM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 2:00pm ET/1:00pm CT, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call titled, “Primary Care Providers’ Role in Supporting Children, Families, and Professional Self-Care Following Hurricanes and Other Disasters”, will take place. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn to identify common adjustment difficulties in children, practical strategies to promote effective coping skills in children and their parents, and the importance of professional self-care and strategies to address this need.

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Title: Primary Care Providers’ Role in Supporting Children, Families, and Professional Self-Care Following Hurricanes and Other Disasters

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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Additional Webinar Information: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2017/callinfo_102617.asp

Overview

Primary care providers are essential for promoting children’s mental health and well-being throughout the recovery process following hurricanes. Disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria can cause short and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. Additionally, disasters often impact healthcare providers to at least the same degree they impact others in the community, and being with suffering children and families can be distressing for providers. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn to identify common adjustment difficulties in children, practical strategies to promote effective coping skills in children and their parents, and the importance of professional self-care and strategies to address this need.

Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the importance of psychological first aid and basic supportive services in promoting adjustment after a disaster.
  • Outline the common symptoms and trajectories of adjustment reactions in children and adolescents.
  • Identify strategies to support children, adolescents, and families in healing and recovery after a disaster or crisis situation.
  • Discuss the importance of professional self-care clinicians can use to promote wellness for themselves and colleagues.

Presenters

Robyn A. Cree, Ph.D.Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
Child Development and Disability Branch
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
University of Southern California

Robin H. Gurwitch, Ph.D
Professor, Center for Child and Family Health
Duke University Medical Center

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