Washington State Psychological Association - Event Information

Event Name:Health Support Team Training for Disaster Preparation, Response and Recovery
CE Credits: 3.0 

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Introduction of Trainers and Participants: ALL (10 mins) 
Intro to HST: Tona McGuire (10 mins) 
Common Responses to Disaster & Neurological responses: Matt Brickell (15 mins) 
Resilience: Kira Mauseth (15 mins) 
HST Supportive Relationship: Matt Brickell (15 mins) 
HST Supportive Communication (Q&A) Matt Brickell (15 mins) 
BREAK:  (5 mins) 
Situational Assessment: Kira Mauseth (10 mins) 
Time check and Vignettes if time: All (10 mins)
Working with Hostility/ De-escalation: Kira Mauseth (10 mins) 
Dealing with Grief and Loss for Children & Adults: Tona McGuire (10 mins) 
Intro to HST toolbox: Exercises including Mindfulness / Behavioral Activation etc: Matt Brickell (10 mins) 
Intro to HST toolbox: CBT / Thinking Errors, NICE: Kira Mauseth (10 mins) 
Active Coping Skills: Tona McGuire (10 mins)
BREAK  (5 mins) 
Compassion Fatigue, REST Model: Kira Mauseth (10 mins) 
Self-Triage for responders: Tona McGuire (10 mins) 
REVIEW OF HST MODEL / Q & A: Tona McGuire (10)

Kira Mauseth, Ph.D.
Tona McGuire, Ph.D.
Matt Brickell, Psy.D.

Disasters produce behavioral health patient surge, presenting with increased depressive, anxious, and somatic symptoms. This surge is often not able to be managed by behavioral health providers. With some training, the role of assisting with common responses can be managed by members within communities, trained to assist and also trained when to refer. This allows professional providers to attend to more severe issues, and reducing the impact of surge on services.

The Health Support Team training offers an opportunity for licensed clinicians to "unlearn" traditional therapeutic practices and step into a different role: that of a disaster responder. HST training offers evidence-based techniques for how to apply principles of clinical psychology effectively in a disaster response setting, working with and training laypeople in effective, simple and straightforward interventions to assist themselves, and the members of their communities. Common neurological responses to trauma in adults and kids, grief and loss, de-escalation and situation assessment are examples of some of the modules that are covered in the HST training. In addition, HST trainers teach simple interventions to help individuals manage some of the symptoms of acute stress common to disasters.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and describe the most common behavioral health impacts of disaster, and appropriate evidence-based disaster mental health interventions, as well as the issues that are most likely to impact clinical care.
  2. Illustrate and discuss the differences between normal standard of care and standards of care in disaster response including signs and impact of caregiver fatigue, along with some strategies to assist. 
  3. Explain how to integrate into the disaster response system locally to be ready to assist during disasters.

About the Presenters:
Kira Mauseth, Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist who splits her professional time between seeing patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates, teaching as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serving as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. Her research interests focus on resilience and recovery from trauma as well as well as disaster behavioral health. She has worked extensively in Haiti with earthquake survivors, in Jordan with Syrian refugees and Jordanian relief workers, and with first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States. Dr. Mauseth also conducts trainings with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities.

Dr. Tona L. McGuire is a Clinical Psychologist working primarily with children and families. She was formerly the Associate Head of the Consultation and Liaison Division at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle Washington, and was Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, School of Medicine. She sub-specializes in the area of Pediatric Psychology, and enjoys helping children and families who are dealing with the psychological impact of illness and chronic medical conditions. She often consults with families around the impact of death and grief on children and families. She has presented her work in these clinical areas locally and internationally, and has written articles for both professional journals and textbooks. She has been involved in disaster preparation and response for 15 years both in her local community as well as internationally, and co-developed a Disaster Behavioral Health curriculum which has been used internationally as well as within Washington State.  Currently she is Chair of the Disaster Clinical Advisory Committee, which plans for the impact of disasters on the regional healthcare system, as well as the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee.  Dr. McGuire is one of the Leads for Washington State Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Strike Team.

Matt Brickell, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist who works with adolescents, families, and adults. Dr. Brickell has extensive clinical experience working with adolescents and adults in both outpatient and inpatient settings, including: psychiatric hospitals, the King County court system, Seattle-area schools, and community mental health clinics. In addition, he has provided psychological assessments for the King County court system, the King County school system, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. He has a deep interest in trauma and crisis intervention.


The CE pricing reflects a 15% discount we are extending during the COVID-10 Pandemic.


Half Day - One Course

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ends 8/14/2020

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Cancellation policies
• 75% of registration fees will be refunded by informing the office by May 18, 2020
• No fees will be refunded after May 20, 2020
• Refund request due to special circumstances will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
• Refunded fees may be applied to new membership dues or membership dues renewal.

Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Event Date:8/28/2020
Event Time:9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:Online - Link will be sent prior to event

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