2020 - Present
Mental Health Academy
Disaster Mental Health Counseling Credential

Course Duration

The total duration of this course is 31 hours. This is based on a calculation of the number of hours required to read all requisite articles, watch video lectures and complete the online assessment components.

Course Overview

Throughout this program you’ll deep-dive into the theory and practice of disaster mental health counseling, enhancing your clinical skills and evidence- based knowledge to serve in disaster-affected areas.

You’ll learn the history, theories, and interventions associated with disaster mental health counseling, with a special focus on applying a culture-centered approach when working with vulnerable populations. You’ll be guided through a journey in working with disaster-affected clients, including how to prepare (pre- impact), what do you when you have been deployed (from arrival arrangements through to community interventions and working with multidisciplinary teams), and what to do when you return home.

The course includes illustrations, interviews and case studies to help you understand the applications of what you’re learning into real-life scenarios, drawn from over 25 years of experience by your course facilitator, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji.

About the Instructor

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph.D., serves as Professor in the Counseling program at Xavier University of Louisiana (United States) and Director of the XULA Center for Traumatic Stress Research. She is a
past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD). Dr. West-Olatunji has initiated several clinical research projects that focus on culture-centered community collaborations designed to address issues rooted in systemic oppression, such as transgenerational trauma and traumatic stress. Dr. West-Olatunji has conducted commissioned research under the auspices of the: National Science Foundation, American Counseling Association, Kellogg Foundation, federal Witness Assistance Program, Spencer Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, and the African-American Success Foundation.

Her publications include two co-authored books: Counseling African Americans and Future Vision, Present Work, several book chapters, and over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to national presentations, Dr. West-Olatunji has delivered research papers in throughout Africa, Europe, the Pacific Rim, and the Americas. Additionally, she has provided consultation in a PBS initiative to create a children's television show focusing on diversity through KCET-TV in Los Angeles, CA ("Puzzle Place"). Dr. West-Olatunji has coordinated disaster mental health outreach projects in post-Katrina New Orleans, southern Africa to investigate illness as disaster to work with HIV-AIDS infected and affected individuals in South Africa and Botswana, and in post-earthquake Haiti (Port-au-Prince area). Dr. West-Olatunji has also led a People-to-People delegation to India with a focus on Disaster Mental Health Counseling. Dr. West-Olatunji has developed a model for culture-centered disaster mental health counseling that she has delivered to mental health professionals in Thailand, India, England, Ireland, China, and Haiti.

Module 1: Introduction to Disaster Mental Health Counseling

This module provides an overview of the key terms and concepts associated with disaster mental health counseling.

Special attention is paid to working with culturally diverse individuals and other vulnerable client populations. Topics include the goals
and mission of culture-centered disaster mental health counseling (C-DMHC) as well as the types of clients typically served in C-DMHC work. A review of the limitations of current DMHC approaches is provided and a rationale for C-DMHC is discussed.

Module 2: Preparing to Serve (Pre-impact)

This module presents an overview of how mental health professionals prepare for deployment prior to entering a disaster-affected area.

Special attention is given to working with culturally diverse individuals and other vulnerable client populations. Topics include increasing awareness of counselor bias, understanding environmental stressors and strengths, and historical trauma and traumatic stress. A review of the limitations of current DMHC approaches is provided and a rationale for C-DMHC is discussed.

Module 3: Working with Disaster- affected Clients

This module provides an overview of the on-the- ground activities associated with disaster mental health counseling.

Special attention is paid to working with culturally diverse individuals and other vulnerable client populations. Topics include what to do upon arrival at the deployment site as well as how to engage in assessment and triage of disaster-affected clients. A review of the do’s and don’ts

of working in interdisciplinary teams is also provided, along with an explanation of clinical supervision issues during deployment. Finally, Dr West-Olatunji engages a comprehensive discussion of the interventions used with the C-DMHC approach.

Module 4: Moving Toward Recovery (Post-impact)

This final module provides an overview of the key terms and concepts associated with disaster mental health counseling.

Special attention is paid to working with culturally diverse individuals and other vulnerable client populations. Topics include the goals
and mission of culture-centered disaster mental health counseling (C-DMHC), as well as the types of clients typically served in C-DMHC work. A review of the limitations of current DMHC approaches is provided and a rationale for C-DMHC is discussed.

Credential & Certificate

Upon successful completion of all 24 mandatory assessments, you’ll be issued with an MHA Digital Badge and a CE Certificate of Attainment.

Upon successful completion of all 24 assessments, you’ll be issued with an MHA Disaster Mental Health Counseling Digital Badge and a CE Certificate of Attainment.

A Digital Badge is a form of Digital Credential (also known as ‘micro-credential’) that can be verified/validated online. A digital badge signals your achievement to potential employers and stakeholders, as they are able to verify your learning/skill acquisition outcomes in real-time, over the web.

Both Digital Badge & Certificate of Attainment can be used to demonstrate your course completion and learning achievement.

View digital badge of completion with this link.

 

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