ODW Early Psychological Intervention for Children Following Tragic Events with Janine Shelby

ODW Early Psychological Intervention for Children Following Tragic Events with Janine Shelby



This is a 2 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on October 21, 2022 as part of the Collective Trauma Conference

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Sudden death or injury and large-scale traumatic events befall many children and adolescents. Therapists are often called upon in these situations to assist survivors and indirectly exposed children. However, early interventions differ from psychotherapeutic interventions in important ways.

This workshop will teach you how to prepare and respond to tragic events like disasters, war, terrorism, and mass-scale casualties by familiarizing yourself with current best practice standards for early interventions.

You will receive a protocol for disclosing tragic events to children. You will also learn dozens of practical, play-based, culturally sensitive techniques that provide stabilization, coping, social support-based, and psychoeducational interventions to young survivors and their families. Many of these techniques correspond to the Psychological First Aid modules and other best practice protocols.

This workshop will conclude with a discussion of posttraumatic growth and tips for therapists’ self-care and replenishment after engaging in early intervention work.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to:

  • identify at least three play therapy techniques
  • differentiate between active (or directive) and “voiceless” (or self-initiated), play-based, early interventions.
  • describe interventions that align with the “five elements” proposed by Hobfoll and colleagues (2007).
  • identify 5 elements (i.e., the 5 Rs) that can be used when making death notifications or disclosing tragic events to children.
  • name at least 3 methods of self-care to promote posttraumatic growth following early interventions with youth.


Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Examples of mass care setting activities to promote understanding of common engagement, coping, and soothing early interventions
  • Review of historical responses to tragic events, critical incident stress debriefing, expressive artst, interventions, and the development of current best practice early intervention models
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) and the “Five Elements”
2nd hour
  • Death Notifications Script, rationale, and practice for death and tragic events notifications.
  • Specific Tools, Techniques, and Activities (2.5 hours) Dozens of play-based early intervention strategies that align with the goals/objectives of the PFA and the “five elements”.

CE Information

This training offers 2 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance. 

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?
– Intermediate/Advanced