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Stress Management for Relief Workers

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Monday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
George Everly

Provides an introduction to the need for, strategic principles of, and tactics for the provision of stress management and crisis intervention to relief workers. Emphases will be placed upon providing assistance to others as well as self-care. Provides awareness of emotional stress faced by health workers providing humanitarian assistance in emergency situations. Topics include signs and symptoms of stress disorders (critical-incident stress), components of critical-incidence management programs, and provision of services to prevent long-term mental health consequences.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Separate normal responses to a disaster from events related to incident stress
  2. Identify the psychological "first aid" which is needed for persons demonstrating the signs and symptoms of stress in emergency situations
  3. Organize an effective response using appropriate resources to mitigate the effects of stress on relief workers
Methods of Assessment:

Grades are based upon class attendance/participation and a group project/paper final

-integrative group paper wherein the writers create a formalized psychosocial support program for any a selected humanitarian or disaster relief initiative/ organization.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required