This lecture took place March 26-27, 2021

NOTICE: As of April, 2021 the recordings are in the Resources area!

This course explains how different emergencies create distinctive rehabilitation needs. Through this two-day lecture, the presenter leads you through the steps needed to develop an "all hazard" rehabilitation preparedness plan and trains you in the clinical and interpersonal skills needed to work in an emergency. This is important, as during an international emergency, identifying who you can work with and what you should and should not do is crucial to effectively delivering health services. This course also prepares you for the varying roles a physical therapist faces and how to overcome challenges.

Meet the presenter

Pete Skelton, PT, MSc, is Rehabilitation in Emergencies focal point for the World Health Organization. A Physiotherapist and one time medical anthropologist, he previously worked as rehabilitation lead of the UK Emergency Medical Team and Humanitarian Rehabilitation Advisor for a number of INGOs.

Since 2010 Pete has been involved in emergency responses to earthquakes, cyclones, conflicts, displacements and outbreaks. He has also authored a number of international guidelines on rehabilitation in emergency responses. Before working in the humanitarian sector, he split his time between working as a physiotherapist in London and health projects in West Arica and India.

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Pete Skelton, MSc

Learning objectives

  • Describe how different emergencies create different rehabilitation needs
  • Develop an “all hazard” rehabilitation preparedness plan for their context
  • Understand the adapted clinical and interpersonal skills needed to work in an emergency
  • Know the do’s and don’ts of responding to an international emergency, and who you can work with
  • Understand the wide variety of roles that physiotherapists can play in different responses, and the common challenges they can experience

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Type:E-Learning Course
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Learning Time:8h  

The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.8
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Enrollment:Prior to  03/30/2022