Certified Disaster Mental Health Response Specialist (CDMHRS) (31 CE Total)

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Certified Disaster Mental Health Response Specialist (CDMHRS)


Certificate course created by: Alden Hori, PhD

Dr. Hori earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California at Riverside. He was an Associate-In Professor and Research Assistant at the University of California at Riverside, where he supervised the completion of over 50 research projects in psychology. He is credited with three publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The AATBS Certification for Disaster Mental Health Response Specialist is a self-paced home-study course that provides 31 hours of instruction. This program discusses an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Skills for Psychological Recovery is also an evidence-informed modular approach that is implemented in the weeks and months following disaster and trauma, after the period where Psychological First Aid has been utilized. In addition, this program provides a practical guide to trauma treatment that integrates a multi-model approach to a wide arrange of posttraumatic outcomes. Cognitive-behavioral techniques and treatment packages for PTSD are reviewed with case studies used to troubleshoot common problems. Finally, specific interventions that target children are discussed.

Course Curriculum *

  • Text: A Practical Guide for Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations by the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin
  • Text: Skills for Psychological Recovery: Field Operations Guide by National Center for PTSD, and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Text: Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Book: Treating PTSD with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies - Interventions That Work by Candice M. Monson and Philippe Shnaider
  • Text: How to Implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children by National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Text: Caring for Children After Trauma, Disaster and Death by NYU Child Study Center

In addition to becoming a Certified Disaster Mental Health Response Specialist, you also receive 31 credit hours for continuing education.

These certification courses are appropriate for professionals in the mental health field. This includes psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and other qualified professionals with mental health training.

AATBS is an approved provider of continuing education for many organizations, including, APA, ASWB, and many additional boards. To determine whether you are eligible to receive continuing education credit, go to the AATBS list of approvals.

* The cost of shipping within the U.S. is included in the course fee (outside the U.S., please call for shipping costs).

This Certification program is not approved through APA, ASWB-ACE, New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work or for NBCC credit. Each course description page will indicate the boards that approve each course.  

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