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How Can Psychology Inform Disaster Management

24 March 2017 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Pricing can be found on the event booking page
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In recent years, there have been many natural and man-made disaster affecting the UK.

In this symposium, we will be looking at how a greater understanding of how a psychological awareness can help to reduce the number and magnitude of crises and may prevent these events becoming disasters.

The symposium brings together psychologists, emergency responders and planners to illustrate how psychological factors can inform disaster preparedness and management.

The day will illustrate the principals involved in Disaster Management by focussing on two types of disaster, Air Crashes and Flooding. However, the principles described will also apply to other crisis and disaster situations.

The day has been designed to provide opportunities for the participants to engage with the topic and to grapple with the issues involved in preparing for and managing a disaster.

Who is the day intended for?

The symposia will be of particular interest to practitioners involved in preparing for and managing major crisis and disasters responses. For psychologists, this is an opportunity to gain an understanding of the issues involved in dealing with disasters from a clinical, counselling, social, educational, forensic and occupational perspective.

The British Psychological Society
30 Tabernacle Street

Event Location: 

The day is being opened by Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes (BPS Vice Chair) and chaired by Sarita Robinson and Annette Greenwood.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506

By the end of the symposia the attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the main features of crisis and disaster management

  2. Recognise the importance of preparation 

  3. Distinguish between the different roles required in a disaster management team

  4. Understand the needs of victims

09:30 Introduction to the Day - Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes
09:45 Evidence for Action in Emergencies and Disasters - Dr Richard Amlot
10:15 Reducing Air Crashes - Peter McCarthy
10:45 Refreshment Break
11:00 Shoreham Air Crash: Family Liaison and Support - Louise Pye
11:30 The Psychology of Preparedness - Dr Sarita Robinson
12:00 Recognising the Consequences - Bryan Carrington
12:30 Lunch and Student Presentations
14:00 The Psychological Impact of Floods - Dr James Rubin
14:30 Dealing with the Flooding in Cumbria - Chief Superintendent Andy Towler
15:00 Refreshment Break
15:15 Evaluation of Emergency Responses - Professor David Alexander
16:45 Review of the Day - Dr Noreen Tehrani
17:15 Closing Thoughts - Professor William Yule

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