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Psychological Effects and Community Stress: Community Stress Training for Environmental Health Professionals - Section IV - Response Strategies to Chronic Exposures
Net Web Conference Training
Hosted by NCEH/ATSDR Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine

This Net Web Conference Training represents a series of modules on possible psychological effects and stress encountered in communities faced with chemical releases. The material will be discussed over a five week period, and is divided into five sections.

The first section (Section I) is an overview, which presents basic definitions of what psychological stress is, the various types of stress, as well as the mental and physical health effects of stress. The second section (Section II) will discuss the scientific definitions of various types of manmade disasters (acute and chronic technological disasters, toxicological emergencies, and chronic contamination), with special emphasis on disasters involving chemicals. Illustrative case studies will be presented. Section three (Section III) will cover technological disasters and how to respond to the psychosocial concerns of communities after chemical spills or in evacuated communities; the section covers what one can do to support these communities, and presents emergency risk communication and follow-up and recovery strategies for the health assessor and health department personnel. The fourth section (Section IV) will discuss communities suffering from chronic contamination and how to respond to the psychosocial concerns of these communities; several cases studies will be presented to illustrate the many levels of community involvement. The fifth and final section (Section V) will address how to recognize, assess and respond to stressors commonly experienced by health assessors responding to emergencies. Developing personal resiliency to stress will also be discussed as well as the application of the coping principles learned in this series to real-world situations.

This is distance learning, not in-class training. Travel to Atlanta, Georgia, will not be necessary. All you need in order to attend this training is a PC with access to the Internet and a separate phone line. Procedural details will be provided via email to confirmed registrants (e.g., bridge number, Web site link, and information on any plug-ins necessary for connectivity and pre-course testing).

For general information contact Pamela Tucker by telephone at ptucker@cdc. or via e-mail at 770-488-3497

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