16th Annual, 2018 Great Plains Disaster Behavioral Health Conference


The Great Plains Disaster Behavioral Health Conference is for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health care providers, public health officials, nurses, clergy, emergency managers, and first responders to learn and recognize how to prepare and respond to the psychological effects of disaster and mass casualties.

Conference Theme: Building Resilient Communities

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Date and Location

Date: July 20, 2018

Location: Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass Street Omaha, NE 68102
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Hotel reservations must be confirmed no later than June 22, 2018 in order to qualify for the discounted conference rate. 

Parking: The Hilton has an attached garage available for the event. Please ask for a validation pass at the conference registration desk to receive a 50% discount on event parking.

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Hilton Conference Center Floor Map – Blackstone Ballroom

Continuing Education

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (NUPPC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The NUPPC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Application has been made for 5.25 hours of APA approved Continuing Education.

Conference Objectives

1. Recognize the importance of cultural inclusion and how inclusiveness increases community resilience.
2. Identify the role of faith organizations in promoting community resiliency.
3. Examine the critical elements of social connection in disaster preparedness, response and
recovery.
4. Discuss ethical considerations and challenges in providing disaster behavioral health services to a community.

Conference Speakers

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Kimberly Nelson, LAC, MPA
Regional Administrator, Region 7, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DeeDee Bennet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Peter Gudaitis, M.Div.
Executive Director of New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS), President of National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), Chair of New York Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NYVOAD)

Brian Houston, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, University of Missouri

David Carter, Ph.D.
Professor, Counseling Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Conference Sponsors
Bryan LGH DHHS OMMR PPC