Apr 01, 2023
EMGT 201 - Critical Incident and Disaster Stress Management for Emergency Responders
Course provides an overview of stress reactions as applied to victims and rescuers and prepares the student to focus in the direct response, operations, and management of critical incidents. This course also provides a specific focus on stress and reactions, post traumatic stress disorder, and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) as applied to specific organizations and individuals. Community challenges and dilemmas faced by emergency management agencies and government officials, as well as the physical and mental health of responding professionals, are explored. PREREQUISITE(S): EMGT 101 or consent of department. Three hours each week. Formerly EP 201.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Define disaster, disaster mental health services, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Identify assessment criteria critical to trauma mitigation.
- Differentiate the factors influencing the traumatized individual’s response capacity regarding their developmental stage.
- Describe physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual symptoms of trauma survivors.
- Identify factors associated with disaster stress, extreme stress reactions, disaster experiences associated with PTSD, and prevalence of PTSD post disaster.
- Describe the immediate and long term impact of a critical event on emergency responders.
- Identify causes of trauma in the current political and social climate.
- Identify specific groups for intervention.
- Distinguish factors that influence the impact of trauma on the individual.
- Identify public tragedy, what makes a tragedy public, and the effects on civilians and first responders.
- Identify factors that influence the impact of trauma on society.
- Utilize Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD).
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