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Where are we with HOPE and Resilience? Your Role during our Community’s Long Term Disaster Recovery

  • 08 Feb 2019
  • 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Home of Dean Given, 658 Chelham Way, Montecito, CA 93108

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Where are we with HOPE and Resilience?

Your Role during our Community’s Long Term Disaster Recovery

Karen Lehman, Ph.D., and Michele Puoget-Drum, M.S.

Santa Barbara County Psychological Association 2/8/19


One year ago our community experienced The Thomas Fire and The 1/9 Debris Flow. The long-term impact is unique in many ways, due to the process of ongoing Disaster Recovery. This “current normal” has created a need for innovative interagency collaboration resulting in the creation of the Community Wellness Team and HOPE 805, of which the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association has been an integral part. This course will demonstrate the success of this unique inter-agency collaboration, and present real-time data on the current psychological needs in our community collected during the past year.  This presentation will address, not only how to properly assess symptoms of long term traumatic stress in your patients, but how you can use a resiliency approach to support patients during this multi-year recovery process.

Goals and Objectives:

This course is designed to help attendees:

  1. Describe the process of long-term disaster recovery.

  2. Objectively identify the unique factors and stressors that may affect your patients as a result of our community’s recent natural disasters, based on data collected in our community during the past year.

  3. Apply appropriate interventions for building resilience and recovery from the stress of disasters.

Timed Outline:

5:15-5:30pm – Greet, sign in, and socialize

5:30-5:35pm – Introduction of speaker and opening remarks

5:35-6:45pm – Presentation of topic (following the above description and objectives)

6:45-7:00pm – Q&A/evaluations


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Zunin & Myers, as cited in DeWolfe, D. J., 2000. Training manual for mental health and human service workers in major disasters (2nd ed., HHS Publication No. ADM 90-538). Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.

CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA). The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licensees. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Important Notice:Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive (1.5) continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

This salon will be held at 658 Chelham Way, Montecito, CA 93108.

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