221.634.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 2 Credit(s)
M 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    George Everly
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • separate normal responses to a disaster from events related to incident stress
    • identify the psychological "first aid" which is needed for persons demonstrating the signs and symptoms of stress in emergency situations
    • organize an effective response using appropriate resources to mitigate the effects of stress on relief workers
  • Course Description
    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.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    The purpose of this course is to provide 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.

  • Intended Audience
    Doctoral and master's students in International Health, MPH students
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on class participation, and a take-home final exam.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    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.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to Stress Management for Relief Workers.  This class is designed to stimulate thought and discussion of the psychological demands, consequences, and psychosocial interventions relevant to humanitarian and disaster relief.

  • Disability Support Services
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