Volunteer Training: Stress Management

Category: Environmental Health

Course Summary

A disaster is a traumatic event for members of the affected community, and can have a negative impact on mental health. It is not only victims who can suffer from traumatic stress. Emergency responders can suffer from it as well. It is vital for individuals involved in the emergency response to manage their stress to whatever degree possible, in order to maintain the safety of themselves and others as they carry out their duties during the event, perform their duties effectively, and to minimize the risk of developing any long-term psychological problems after the event. The goal of this 15-minute training course is to explain how a traumatic event effects people, familiarize you with the symptoms of traumatic stress, both during the event and afterwards, and to provide you with methods to manage your stress, on-site, immediately after the event, and once you return to your everyday life.

Intended Audience

Emergency responders

Learning Objectives:

After successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explainhow, why and to what extent traumatic events affect rescue and recovery workers and those involved
  • Recognizesymptoms of traumatic stress in yourself and others
  • Utilizemethods to manage or minimize your stress

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Competencies identified

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • 1A12. Contributes to assessments of community health status and factors influencing health in a community (e.g., quality, availability, accessibility, and use of health services; access of affordable housing)

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

October 7, 2014

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