(WEBINR) Long Term Disaster Impacts and Self Care


CE Type: SW, IACET, CPRP                # of CE's: 2.5 CE's      0.3 IACET CE's


About This Course

The goal of this presentation is to provide a look at the impact of major disasters with long sequalae from an individual and collective behavioral health lens, and discuss the lingering effects of isolation, anxiety, and stress/fatigue as people navigate in a post-disaster environment, and the potential impact on physical and mental wellness.  This course will also introduce and explore self-care coping skills through interactive discussion and activities.

The lingering effects of post-disaster isolation, health anxieties and stress/fatigue due to a disaster’s long term impact can affect our physical and mental wellness, and well as put a strain on behavioral health services, and providers of service, for years. We will discuss the ongoing uncertainties that result from major disasters, the need for advance planning and preparedness, and we will discuss self-care in the anticipation of greater behavioral health service needs.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the social and emotional impact of major disasters with long-term effects
  • List short and long term effects of disaster stress, as well as the experience of Burnout, Vicarious Traumatic Stress, and Compassion Fatigue
  • List two approaches to enhance participant’s self care


Intended Audience: 

To anyone working in the behavioral health, health, and related fields.


Instructional Level: 



Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend the entire session, participate in all activities, and submit an evaluation within the 7 days of training to receive credits and a certificate. All CEU certificates and certificates of attendance will be received through the DBHIDS Learning Hub. Once you have completed your evaluation you will have access to your CEU or Certificate of Attendance through your DBHIDS Learning Hub Account.


Credit Statements:

BHTEN is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. 
As an IACET Accredited Provider, BHTEN offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.  BHTEN is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this program.
(0.3 CEU = 2.5 Training Hours)

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Behavioral Health Training and Education Network BHTEN, #1779, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards have the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/22/22-9/22/25. Social workers completing this course receive 2.5 General continuing education credits.


The Behavioral Health Training & Education Network (BHTEN), provider #4158280, is approved by Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) to provide continuing education to Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRPs) and CPRP candidates.

This activity is approved for a maximum of 2.5 contact hours of continuing education in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery in the following CPRP Focus Domain(s): ## - DOMAIN TITLE.  CPRPs and CPRP candidates should only claim credit commensurate with their participation in the activity

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Course Instructors

October 18, 2023

Phillip DeMara



Phillip DeMara Consulting Inc.


Phillip is a consultant and trainer specialized in behavioral factors in disaster response, public health emergency management, violence prevention and crisis intervention. He worked for 23 years the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS), the last 18 as the Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response, and a subject matter expert with Behavioral Science Applications. In addition to his disaster related duties, he was the Director of Trauma and Crisis Services for DBHIDS. During his tenure at DBHIDS, he also two years working in the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM), where he was the Deputy Director for Planning. He received his Master’s in Education in Counseling Psychology at the University of Miami, Fl. Phillip is now Principal of his own consulting firm, Phillip DeMara Consulting, LLC.