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.

2019 Conference

Reaching Out to Responders: Stress First Aid

This year’s conference consists of a full day training in “Stress First Aid”. This training focuses on skills and techniques for serving first responders. It is appropriate for both licensed behavioral health professionals and for paraprofessional disaster behavioral health responders.

Application has been made for APA Continuing Education credits

July 26, 2019

Embassy Suites Omaha

Downtown Omaha

555 South 10th Street

Omaha, Nebraska 68102



Describe the role of behavioral health professionals in working with responders


Identify how behavioral health professionals and peers provide support to responders


Discuss the ethical implications of providing Stress First Aid


Explain the benefits of Stress First Aid in promoting community wellness

Conference Speaker

Patricia Watson, PhD

Psychologist at National Center of PTSD

Patricia Watson has been a psychologist for the National Center for PTSD since 1998. Prior to this position, she served 8 years as a clinical psychologist in the Navy. Her education includes a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Catholic University, and a postgraduate fellowship in pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Specialty areas have included disaster mental health interventions, peer support for military and first responder populations, early intervention treatments for trauma, resilience, moral injury, military culture, and trauma in children and adolescents.

She is co-author of the Psychological First Aid (PFA) Field Guide and the Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Manual, produced by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD. She has additionally co-edited three books on disaster behavioral health interventions, numerous articles, guidance documents, and chapters on disaster mental health, resilience, combat and operational stress, and pandemic flu. She has co-authored online courses on disaster mental health, burnout and secondary traumatic stress, police PTSD, chaplains and PTSD, sleep and PTSD, assessment of PTSD, and anger and PTSD.

Conference Materials

National Center for PTSD Mass Violence Resources

Stress First Aid Self Care Organizational NCPTSD

Conference Sponsors

Project Partners

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Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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