2020 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 - Long-Term Recovery: It’s Everyone’s Job

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Date and Location

Date: July 22-23, 2020

Location: Virtual Conference - Zoom Webinar
Continuing Education

There will be 3.0 APA CEs available for the Thursday, July 23, sessions.

Conference Objectives

This year’s conference will focus on learning how to prepare and respond to the psychological effects of disaster and mass casualties.

Conference Objectives

  1. Discuss the role of behavioral health in long-term disaster recovery.
  2. Describe the role of various state and volunteer organizations in individual and community disaster recovery.
  3. Demonstrate how behavioral health professionals can work with state and volunteer organizations to assist with individual and community recovery.
Conference Agenda

Wednesday, July 22nd from 8:45AM - 12:30PM

8:45 - 9:00: Welcome by Susanne Shore, First Lady of Nebraska

9:00 - 10:20: Disaster Basics*

10:20 - 10:30: Break

10:30 - 11:30::Long-Term Recovery Panel

11:30 - 12:30: Community Recovery: Lessons Learned from Joplin with featured speaker, Jane Cage

*This session includes short presentations showcasing the work of Nebraska's Division of Behavioral Health, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, Nebraska VOAD and COADs, and University of Nebraska Extension.

Thursday, July 23rd from 9AM - 12:30PM

3 hours of APA Continuing Education credits are available for Thursday's sessions.

9:00 - 10:00: Current mental health outreach activities relating to COVID-19

10:00 - 10:05: Break

10:05 - 11:05: Introduction to Disaster Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

11:05 - 11:10: Break

11:10 - 12:10: Ethics in Disaster Work and Cultural Competency

12:10 - 12:30: Closing Remarks

Conference Faculty and Materials

Jane Cage

Jane Cage is the principal of InsightFive22, an adjunct instructor at FEMA, and former chairman of Joplin’s Citizens Advisory Recovery Team.

Conference Materials Coming Soon!

Conference Sponsors
Bryan LGH DHHS OMMR PPC
UNMC NEMA Extension