Displaced Children of Disasters
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Credit Hours: 2 CEU(s)
• Mary Rita Weller, PhD, LSW
• Varsha Pandya, PhD, ACSW, LSW
• Nancy McFall Jean,MSW
This webinar addresses the provision of services and support by social workers for displaced children of disasters. The focus is on displaced children that have special needs and/or circumstances such as having disabilities, unique family situations such as kinship care, financial hardships, and other pre-existing vulnerabilities. Disasters may include natural, such extreme weather conditions that cause evacuations and/or devastations that include loss of property and human life; or man-made, such as industrial accidents, and violent conflicts. Some of the content covered includes the analysis of providing social work support to displaced children that have pre-existing special needs and situations in that they are already more vulnerable and require other supports in order to make their temporary living transitions run more smoothly. Social workers are uniquely in a position to further insure that displaced children receive the necessary supports that may include protection from predators, trauma-based counseling, shelters to meet their specific needs, education, and pediatric health services that also include behavior health support as well as participation in resettlement efforts.
2 Social Work CEs will be provided.