2017 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: Back to Basics

Date and Location

Date: July 27 & 28, 2017
Location: Embassy Suites Downtown Omaha, 555 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
If you are planning to stay overnight, the conference rate is available before June 26.
To make a reservation, you can call 1-800-EMBASSY (362-2779) or use this link:

Conference Objectives

This year’s conference presents the opportunity to take part in two trainings, which are appropriate for both licensed behavioral health professionals and for paraprofessional disaster behavioral health responders.

Day One – July 27, 2017
Nebraska Psychological First Aid Training (PFA)
The purpose of the Nebraska psychological first aid program is to equip natural helpers to provide psychological support to survivors of critical events (e.g. disasters, conflicts, accidents, etc.). It is segmented into seven modules, each addressing critical skills that can make an immediate and lasting impact on a person’s psychological health following a crisis: 1) Psychological Support; 2) Stress and Coping; 3) Supportive Communication; 4) Promoting Community Self-Help; 5) Populations with Functional Needs; 6) Helping the Helper; and 7) De-escalation.

Day Two – July 28, 2017
Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR)
This presentation will provide an overview of the NCTSN/NCPTSD Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) intervention,  which is a modulized approach to working with disaster survivors in the recovery phase. SPR consists of six modules with handouts and work sheets: 1) Information Gathering; 2) Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills; 3) Promoting Positive Activities; 4) Managing Reactions; 5) Promoting Helpful Thinking; and 6) Rebuilding Healthy Connections. Participants will practice SPR and how to adapt this intervention for diverse populations and settings.
It is highly recommended that participants have been trained in Psychological First Aid (any current model) prior to taking SPR Training.

Conference Faculty and Materials

Conference faculty will be announced soon!

Conference Sponsors