Mental Health Response to Disasters: Human-Created Disasters (Part Two) (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

30 Sep 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on July 15, 2019.

Training Overview
This second webinar (part 2 of 2) will discuss a mental health response to human-created disasters. The phases of response to a human-created disaster will be described as well as the factors that lead to resilience. Case studies on recent human-created disasters will be discussed. It will also discuss the relationship between the mental health and public health sectors and how these two groups work together during a human-created disaster.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Trainer
Will Wells, MSW and Sonya Jenkins

William Wells works in Emergency Preparedness and Response for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. He coordinates behavioral health resources across the state in preparation, response and recovery activities related to natural and human-created disasters. With over 45 years of mental health experience Will has worked in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings. Will holds his Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina.  

Sonya Jenkins is the County Director of the Charleston Mental Health Center West Ashley Clinic located at 2100 Charlie Hall Blvd., Charleston, S.C.  Ms. Jenkins has more than 25 years of experience in the field of mental health, providing treatment to adults, children, adolescents, and their families. As an Independent Licensed Social Worker, she serve as one of the leaders of the Mother Emmanuel A.M.E Empowerment Center. Her aim is to provide healing support in a safe and healthy environment.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe the phases of a disaster mental health response during a human-created disaster.
  • define the factors that lead to resilience during a human-created disaster.
  • assess the behavioral health needs of a community after a human-created disaster.
  • explain the relationship between the mental health and public health sectors during a mental health disaster response during a human-created disaster.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

Mental Health Response to Disasters: Natural and Human-Created (Part-Two)
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Resources and Evaluation
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