This Course is Close to Our Hearts

Clearly Clinical is located in Thousand Oaks, CA, the site of the Borderline Bar mass shooting and raging wildfires in November 2018. We're offering this course for free to help prepare our colleagues in the event of a community tragedy. Thank you for your continued support of our community here. #ThousandOaksStrong

  • Course Description

    Although people have always struggled with disasters, disaster support and mental health needs may be greater now, in what some have called the era of mass violence and natural disasters (Webber and Mascari, 2018; Mascari, Webber, and Kitzinger, 2015). The main purpose of this podcast is to raise awareness among mental health professionals about the unique field of Disaster Mental Health (DMH) - its principles and services. Although DMH is typically for non-private practice clients, many of its principles will seem familiar and you might need to put on a “DMH hat” if one of your existing clients experiences a disaster. This podcast will help you understand what wearing that DMH hat entails; remaining calm, supportive and flexible by attending to your client’s immediate stabilization needs rather than continuing with your pre-existing treatment plan.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Describe the three priorities that reflect the purposes of Disaster Mental Health and psychological first aid; Identify seven identifiable stages that individuals/ communities experience when impacted by a tragedy/disaster; Name four common goals and matching interventions in disaster mental health encounters

  • Downloadable Audio Podcast

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast presentation (streaming or free for download via our site, Apple Podcasts, or Google Play), a post-presentation test with six to eight questions per CE credit hour, and a course evaluation; course requirements can be accessed either via computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account. In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must #1: Register for a free Clearly Clinical account, #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast, #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (a score of at least 75%; you are able to re-test) and #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

  • Target Audience and Instructional Level

    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Appropriate for all levels

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course and hit the 'Generate Certificate' button, a new window will open up with your certificate; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the FAQ link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for five (5) years from date of course completion.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, content, or benefit of endorsement of products.

  • Course Access Expiration

    Please note that you will have access to this free course for 30 days from when you sign up. If your access lapses, you are able to re-enroll.

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This course is truly free.

We want to help improve your knowledge of how to respond to community crises... in today's world, it's an important and valuable skill. Just create a free account to take the course and access the free CE credit hour. (Already have an annual subscription? Go to 'My Dashboard' to take this course.)

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Instructors: Robert Scholz, LMFT & Susan Hall, JD, PhD

Disaster Mental Health Experts

Robert Scholz, LMFT #41601, LPCC #1325

Senior Instructor

Robert is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor who has worked with adolescents, adults and families for 20 years. Robert brings expertise in the areas of addiction, men’s emotional health, sports psychology, family violence and college mental health to his private practice in Westlake Village, CA. As a highly-experienced couples and family therapist, Robert is also trained to provide premarital counseling using the well-known Prepare-Enrich assessment. Prior to his time in private practice, Robert spent a decade at Pepperdine University serving as the Assistant Director of their Counseling Center and Coordinator of their Alcohol and Drug Program, and also acted as the Clinical Director for a large mental health organization in Westlake Village, CA. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Robert regularly conducts trainings at local and national conferences for professionals in the fields of mental health, higher education, and community corrections. He is an expert on the topic of motivational interviewing and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He has co-authored several professional publications on the topics of addiction, the psychology of men and developing community partnerships to address family violence. Robert, who is married and has a spirited young son, loves living in the Conejo Valley, hiking the local mountains, making pottery, and as a former college athlete, engaging in a variety of sports.

Susan R. Hall, J.D., Ph.D.

Senior Instructor

Dr. Susan Hall is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Hall has published and presented nationally on topics related to positive psychology and trauma, mindfulness and MFT trainees, and psychology, public policy and law, including children/youth exposed to maltreatment. She serves as reviewer for the APA journal, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. A recipient of Pepperdine’s Howard A. White Award for Excellence in Teaching, she teaches the following MFT courses: theories and techniques of psychotherapy, individual and family development, behavioral principles and theories of learning, and clinical practicum.

Please visit the pages below to learn more about Robert Scholz's background, work, and passions:

Private Practice & Consulting/Training

Book: Engaging Resistance: Creating Partnerships for Change in Sexual Offender Treatment

Please visit the pages below to learn more about Dr. Susan Hall's background, work, and passions:

Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education & Psychology

Book: Courtroom Modifications for Child Witnesses: Law and Science in Forensic Evaluations

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