Online Course: Introduction to Rehabilitation in Disaster and Conflict Situations
Discover the role of rehabilitation professionals in preparing for and responding to catastrophic events
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Rehabilitation professionals have played a role in responding to disasters and conflicts throughout history. The care needs generated by various global events have been intertwined with the development of many rehabilitation professions. This course will explore what conflicts and disasters are, the role of early rehabilitation and the rehabilitation professional.
The aim of this course is to increase your knowledge about disasters and conflict, including recognition of injury patterns, the role of early rehabilitation and the importance of preparedness for the rehabilitation team.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- What are Disasters and Conflict?
- Injury Patterns in Disasters and Conflicts
- What is Early Rehabiliation in Disaster and Conflict?
- What is the Role of Rehabiliation Professionals within Disaster and Conflict?
- Emergency Medical Teams in Disasters and Conflicts
This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 3-3.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 3.1 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- describe the different types of disasters and conflicts and the injury patterns that occur as a result
- explain what early rehabilitation is and its role in disaster and conflict settings
- identify the importance of preparedness for rehabilitation professionals
- discuss the basic principles of disaster and conflict response and who is involved
Physiotherapist, South Africa
It was one of the more extensive courses I have done on Physioplus! I am looking forward to the rest of the courses in this Programme!
This course was informative! It showed where we were lacking in preparation for the acute onset of this recent pandemic. The information presented has prepared us if another pandemic should evolve. It also teaches us that constant assessment of resources is a must so that we are not caught unprepared for future events such as this.
Physiotherapist, South Africa
This course is brilliant! It covers understanding the recent and current disaster management and planning of team roles. It touches bases on important standard guidelines for rehabilitation therapists to assess and intervene appropriately. The course rightly emphasises the importance of early rehabilitation and its beneficial outcomes for all involved.
Physiopedia has done a great job preparing Physiotherapists for Disaster and Conflict Management. Thank you, Physiopedia!
An awesome course! I encourage ALL to spare the time to gain knowledge from it.
Audrey Evarist Lugusi
The course is so good and helpful! I would advise everyone to participate in learning it in one way or another. Thank you very much!
Jessica Burger, PT, DPT
Physiotherapist, United States
This course is an awesome foundation of knowledge for understanding and possibly getting involved with Emergency Medical Teams!
Physical Therapist, United States
I like the courses offered in Physiopedia! They help a lot of clinicians and also students. They give information that is related to our majors.
These courses always help me build up my inside knowledge about my field and practices and help me think in diverse ways to improve my knowledge base in case of any emergency.
Michelle Mabel Miranda
This course has conveyed a true meaning for Rehabilitation Professionals! The license and practice are not the only tools to participate in an EMT, but reliability depends on qualifications, training and actual experiences in disaster and conflict settings.
I liked the story of Alberto Cairo. It made me think that Rehabilitation should be under the care of another type of medical speciality during disasters and conflicts.
AFOLABI Olakunle Olalekan
This is a very beautiful course that every rehabilitation professional should take!
Ofodile Uchechukwu Nelson
It was an insightful course taught by professionals with firsthand experience.
Physical Rehabilitation Doctor, Ukraine
I express my deep gratitude for providing information on early rehabilitation after conflicts and disasters. This information is of importance for specialists in Ukraine right now!
Frederick Inkum Danquah
This course is an amazing opportunity for rehabilitation professionals, particularly physiotherapists who wish to pursue a career in disaster and conflict management situations or be part of the emergency medical team. It is simple with very informative videos and shared experiences of experts in the field.
Physical Therapy Assistant, Ukraine
This course is really good! If you do not have an experience and knowledge about conflicts and disasters, what it means and how you should behave in such situations, you have to take this course!
I want to thank the creators of this resource for the opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills. The course is well-designed and interesting!
Thank you for this great course! These issues are so crucial for our country now! Дякую за чудовий курс. Для нашої країни зараз дуже актульні питання
An excellent overview of understanding what Rehabilitation in Disasters and Conflicts is and the importance of early intervention. It was engaging, educational and thought-provoking, even if working in the field is not your career goal.
Physiotherapy Assistant, Ukraine
It is a good course, especially needed now, when there is a war in my country. It motivates by the stories told here. It offers lots of helpful information. I liked it! Another big plus is that you can get a certificate. Очень классный курс, особенно нужный сейчас, когда идёт война в моей стране. Мотивируют те истории, которые здесь были рассказаны. Много полезной информации, мне понравилось. Ещё большой плюс, это то что можно получить сертификат
Physical Therapist, Ukraine
Many thanks for helping the physiotherapists in Ukraine. We need such information for the effective rehabilitation of patients after combat operations. There is a lot of work ahead of us!
This course provides in-depth knowledge of various types of catastrophic events, injury patterns, and different aspects of Early Rehabilitation. It offers standards for and roles of rehabilitation professionals and discusses the standards of care for Emergency Medical Teams. This introductory course provides a knowledge base for effective learning in subsequent program courses. I was most impressed by the story of one physiotherapist. Alberto Cairo, Physiotherapist and Head of the ICRC’s Orthopedic Program in Afghanistan, was able to change the quality of life for many people.