Available Now: Cultural Awareness: Children and Youth in Disasters
The goal of this 60-minute podcast is to assist disaster behavioral health responders in providing culturally aware and appropriate disaster behavioral health services for children, youth, and families affected by natural and human-caused disasters.
The podcast aims to accomplish the following:
- Define cultural awareness.
- Demonstrate the importance of cultural awareness in disaster services, particularly with children and youth.
- Identify common reactions of children to disaster and trauma.
- Present helpful approaches to working with children affected by a disaster.
Featured speakers include April Naturale, Ph.D., of the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC), and Russell T. Jones, Ph.D., of Virginia Tech University (VCU). Dr. Naturale is a traumatic stress specialist with 25 years of experience in health/mental health administration. Dr. Jones is a professor of psychology at VCU and a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma psychology. His areas of expertise are natural and technological disasters as well as interpersonal violence.
SAMHSA DTAC encourages participation by:
- Behavioral health, public health, and other professionals involved in emergency management/disaster response activities
- Those who are interested in learning more about working with children and youth following a disaster
- Those who need a refresher about disaster response issues specific to this population.
You may download the slides and the transcript by visiting the SAMHSA DTAC webinar page.