• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Jennifer Housley, MS, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Margaret M. (Peggy) O'Neill, PhD, LCSW
Item#: N1625
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)

Psychosocial Aspects of Disaster, Updated 1st Edition

Price $19.95
Item # N1625
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

This high-level content course provides information on the key factors associated with the psychosocial aspects of disasters and how these factors relate to providing social and psychological interventions. The course discusses coping and community stress, disaster mental health protocols, types of individual stress reactions, the phases of disaster, and risk factors for ongoing distress.  Intervention strategies and information on working with special populations are also included. 

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Framingham, J., & Teasley, M. L. (Eds.). (2012) Behavioral health response to disasters. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. 

Kaniasty, K. (2012). Predicting social psychological well-being following trauma: The role of postdisaster social support. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 4(1), 22–33. Abstract retrieved from http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/tra/4/1/22/ 

McFarlane, A. C., & Williams, R. (2012). Mental health services required after disasters: Learning from the lasting effects of disasters. Depression Research and Treatment, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/970194 

Miller, J. L. (2012). Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. 

Weems, C. F., & Graham, R. A. (2014). Resilience and trajectories of posttraumatic stress among youth exposed to disaster. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 24(1), 2–8. Abstract retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24200122


Course Objectives
  • Describe the distinguishing characteristics and interacting elements of human-made and natural disasters.
  • Discuss the sociocultural, political, and economic aspects of disaster aftermath and the effects on recovery.
  • Discuss the psychological phases and stages of disaster.
  • Identify common psychological symptoms in disaster survivors and risk factors for maladjustment to traumatic stress.
  • Explain the role of a behavioral health intervention following a disaster.
Jennifer Housley, MS, PhD, received her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University) in Palo Alto, California. She currently works for the Veterans Administration Sierra Nevada Health Care System, where she supervises the Integrated Behavioral Health Care program. As a former fellow of the National Center on the Psychology of Terrorism, Dr. Housley has provided program development services for national organizations and served as program director and lead instructor for the Palo Alto Medical Reserve Corps. Dr. Housley has published on topics including mass casualty disaster, trauma response, health psychology, and performance psychology. Dr. Housley’s research interests include investigating key psychological factors contributing to an individual’s ability to withstand physical and psychological discomfort in the service of goal achievement. She has received national awards and commendations for her contributions to public service psychology through research, practice, program development, training, and advocacy.
Margaret M. (Peggy) O’Neill, PhD, LCSW, is currently a senior lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work and co-director of HOPE-NY of the Center for Family Education and Resilience (CFER) at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. O’Neill has more than 20 years of experience in clinical practice, administration, and organizational consulting with and within the public, voluntary, not-for-profit and corporate sectors, with particular expertise in the effects of trauma, the power of human resilience, and the interactions among and between diverse community members, providers of care, and decision makers as they affect the mental health impact of a disaster for individuals, families, communities, and organizations. Her more recent projects include development, implementation, and evaluation of training designed with and for community and spiritual leaders as well as critical decision makers during crises within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to enhance public health emergency communication and coping skills.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.