Psychology of Disasters and Community Recovery
This webinar focuses on understanding the psychological aspects and impacts of disasters and disaster response as applied to communities, agencies, those directly impacted, and ourselves. Aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be included. Common themes and experiences of disaster and ongoing crisis response will be discussed using multiple real-life examples. Participants will gain knowledge of common reactions to disasters for both survivors and responders, as well as the importance of self-care. As a part of this course, participants will be introduced to Psychological First Aid (PFA,) an evidence-supported modular approach to focus on and enhance personal and community resilience.
Chief Clinical Officer at Aspire Indiana
A licensed clinical psychologist and clinical addictions counselor, Dr. Jody Horstman serves as Chief Clinical Officer at Aspire Indiana, a community mental health center and integrated health system in central Indiana. Dr. Horstman has worked within the community mental health system since 1990 and also has extensive experience in community disaster mental health, having served in New York following 9/11, as part of the Indiana Task Force following Hurricane Katrina, and in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. She is a member of Indiana’s State Disaster Mental Health Team and a trainer of Psychological First Aid (PFA). Her experiences led her to develop a greater appreciation and interest in resilience and well-being, leading her to work for the past ten years with the international Episcopal Church Pension Group (CPG) as a consultant/contractor providing seminars on resilience, work-life balance, Psychological First Aid, and related topics. Dr. Horstman has also previously worked with the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation in presenting webinars related to the impact of disasters.