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Dealing with Disaster Related Trauma in Children (VUL 3801)Dealing with Disaster Related Trauma in Children (VUL 3801)

Children have limited experience in the world and depend on adults to feel safe and secure. As such, any indication that their emotional or physical integrity is at risk can impact them psychologically. This online course defines disaster related trauma and helps learners recognize possible “red flags” which may indicate the need for further intervention. Additionally, the course provides potential interventions to assist children in recovering from disaster related trauma and addresses "resilience" in disaster situations.

*Upon successful completion of all the course content, you can obtain your certificate by clicking on the "My Account" link available at the top of this page.*




Name View Schedule
Online Lesson1. Pre Test -
Online Lesson2. Course Material - Dealing with Disaster Related Trauma in Children -
Online Lesson3. Post Test -
Online Lesson4. Satisfaction Survey -


Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to:

  •  Promote awareness among public health workers of possible psychological effects (i.e. trauma, PTSD) of disasters on children
  •  Facilitate a basic understanding of known signs and symptoms of trauma and available treatment options

Key Messages:

  • Trauma is a real and potentially serious problem.
  • Children are a vulnerable population and thus are especially at-risk of trauma after a disaster event.
  • Children’s trauma is underappreciated, underreported, and undertreated.
  • Trauma is treatable; public health workers can play a role in promoting a child’s recovery.


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:

  • Community Preparedness
  • Volunteer Management


Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):

  • 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
  • 1.2 Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others.
  • 1.3 Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.
  • 1.4 Maintain situational awareness.
  • 1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.
  • 1.6 Act within the scope of one's legal authority.
  • 2.2 Use principles of crisis and risk communication.
  • 2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.
  • 3.3 Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to program, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training).
  • 3.4 Refer matters outside of one's scope of legal authority through the chain of command.
  • 4.1 Maintain personal/family emergency preparedness plans.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe disaster-related effects of trauma on children and list 7 typical childhood reactions to trauma
  • List 5 factors that influence children’s reactions to trauma 
  • Identify symptoms of trauma in different age groups
  • Define “red flags” and name at least 5 “red flag” situations that indicate possible need for further intervention
  • Define resilience and identify 3 factors variables that can influence a child’s resilience
  • Identify potential interventions public health workers can use to assist children in recovering from disaster-related trauma


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