2012 Nebraska Disaster Behavioral Health Conference

 

About the Conference.

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Conference Objectives
1. Describe how professional groups and health care institutes respond to the challenges posed by the tensions between traditional principles of
medical ethics and the values underlying public health policy and practice during public health emergencies.
2. Describe how "outside the wire" combat vets differ from ordinary sufferers of PTSD.
3. Identify the typical treatments used for PTSD need to be modified when treating"outside the wire" vets.
4. Identify the types of combat experiences vets have participated in before deciding treatment .
5. Define the special circumstances in an International Disaster Behavioral Response using examples of trauma experienced in Haiti.
6. Analyze the challenges and opportunities in disaster behavioral response in Haiti and the lessons learned from that deployment.

Credits
This program is co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and the Nebraska Psychological Association. The Nebraska Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants attending this program can receive 5.25 CEs. All questions, comments and complaints regarding CEs should be directed to NPA at 402-475-0709 or npa@nebpsych.org

Agenda
2011 Disaster Behavioral Health Conference Agenda
8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM Introduction & Welcome
9:30 AM Dr. Larry Dewey: The Burden of Killing in Combat-Related PTSD: What is it? Why Do We Ignore it? And How Can We Help?
10:30 AM - Short Break -
10:45 AM Dr. Larry Dewey: The Burden of Killing in Combat-Related PTSD: What is it? Why Do We Ignore it? And How Can We Help? (continued)
11:45 AM - Break for Lunch (Lunch on own) -
1:00 PM Mr. Andrew Klatte: Providing Disaster Behavioral Health in Haiti: A Perspective and Lessons Learned
2:15 PM - Short Break -
2:30 PM Mr. Andrew Klatte: Providing Disaster Behavioral Health in Haiti: A Perspective and Lessons Learned (continued)
3:00 PM Dr. Julius Landwirth: Ethical Tensions in Preparing for Public Health Emergencies (ethics credits)
4:30 PM Adjourn

Speaker Bios
Larry Dewey, MD is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He is the author of War and Redemption, a text on the treatment of PTSD written for clinicians, soldiers, their families, and the interested public. He has treated combat vets from WWII and every subsequent war and conflict for nearly 30 years and was honored as the physician "Health Care Hero 2007" in the State of Idaho in 2007 for his work with veterans. He was raised on a farm in Idaho but graduated from Harvard College in 1975. He obtained his medical degree from Harvard in 1979 and completed a four year fellowship in psychiatry and medicine at Yale in 1983. He has dedicated his professional life to the treatment of our nation's veterans.

Andrew Klatte has worked in the field of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities for 27 years, the past 20 years with the State of Indiana. He graduated from the University of North Carolina–Asheville. Mr. Klatte is currently the Assistant Deputy Director for the Office of Emergency Preparedness, for the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. He is a nationally known speaker and has presented on the topics of the psychological aspects of terrorism, disaster preparedness, and mental health planning and response. Mr. Klatte is also the Director of Project Aftermath, a crisis counseling Program. Project Aftermath has responded to 10 major federally declared disasters in Indiana since 1997. Mr. Klatte was the point person for the mental health teams that were deployed to Mississippi.

Julius Landwirth, JD, MD is an adjunct professor with the University of New Haven, a member of the Connecticut Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change, and a member of the Connecticut Department of Public Health Task Force on Resource Allocation During Public Health Emergencies. Dr. Landwirth received his MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and received his JD from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. Dr. Landwirth not only served in private practice pediatrics for a number of years, but also served on the Hartford Hospital Ethics Committee, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Associate Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and the chair of the Subcommittee on Law and Ethics Embryonic Stem Cell Advisory Committee with the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Learning Objectives
The Burden of Killing in Combat-Related PTSD: What Is It? Why Do We Ignore It? How Can We Help?
By Dr. Larry Dewey. Participants will:
  • Describe how "outside the wire" combat vets differ from ordinary sufferers of PTSD.
  • Identify the typical treatments used for PTSD and describe necessary modifications when treating "outside the wire" vets.
  • Identify the types of combat experiences vets have participated in before seeking treatment.
    Click here to download the PowerPoint.
Providing Disaster Behavioral Health in Haiti: A Perspective and Lessons Learned
By Andrew Klatte. Participants will:
  • Describe the challenges of providing a Disaster Behavioral Response in an international environment.
  • Explain the trauma experienced in Haiti.
  • Identify some of the lessons learned from the Disaster Behavioral Response in Haiti.
    Click here to download the PowerPoint.
Ethical Tensions in Preparing for Public Health Emergencies
By Dr. Julius Landwirth. Participants will:
  • Identify and discuss specific guidelines for clinical decision making in disasters.
  • Describe how professional groups and healthcare institutes respond to the challenges posed by the tensions between traditional principles of medical ethics and the values underlying public health policy and practice during public health emergencies.
    Click here to download the PowerPoint.