In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Randal Beaton, PhD, EMT talks about how frontline public health practitioners can help respond to the mental health needs of the community following a disaster. Knowing what to plan for and what types of adaptive behaviors follow disasters is essential. Promoting community resilience and mitigating maladaptive behavior are the goals of such a plan.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe adaptive and maladaptive behavioral health outcomes of survivors in the aftermath of a disaster
  • List the elements of an integrated mental health disaster plan designed to promote community resilience
  • Identify the components of an integrated mental health disaster plan designed to mitigate maladaptive behavioral health outcomes in survivors

Intended Audience

Public health professionals of all levels, emergency health care providers


Randal Beaton, PhD, EMT, is a Research Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Psychosocial and Community Health Department in the School of Nursing; and a Research Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health.

Photograph of cars with rubble as from a large scale disaster.
Air Date: 
Wednesday, June 23, 2004, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Behavioral & Mental Health
Emergency Preparedness & Disasters
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills