Disaster Spiritual Care Worker Training 1/14/14


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Disaster Spiritual Care Worker Training
Hartford Seminary – Hartford, CT • January 14, 2014
Hartford Seminary, in partnership with NDIN (National Disaster Interfaiths Network), invites congregation leaders, first responders, chaplains, lay spiritual care providers, mental health professionals, and emergency managers to take this one-day Spiritual Care Worker Training. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own faith community – or with NDIN or its partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.

This one-day training provides an overview of best practices for volunteers who would be supervised by a disaster chaplain in a mass-casualty situation or in a mass-care setting.

Registration Information
Participants must be endorsed, in writing, by 1) the senior religious leader in their house of worship or religious institution    OR 2) their employer/senior-level supervisor. 

Tuesday, January 14 • 9:00 AM -5:00 PM
Hartford Seminary
77 Sherman Street, Hartford, CT (Directions at http://www.hartsem.edu).

Attendance is limited to 35 participants • Register by January 4
Tuition is $110, Paid in Advance – 1 CEU Available by Request
(Continental breakfast and training materials included)

This course is compliant with NIMS (National Incident Management Systems) and incorporates FEMA Incident Command System (IS 100) training. It also complies with the National VOAD* Points of Consensus for Disaster Spiritual Care.
*Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
The Course Curriculum Incorporates:

Operations & Spiritual Care: General Principles; Interventions; Sites and Specifics

  • Emotional and spiritual phases of the disaster “life cycle”
  • Spiritual First Aid:  PCAID (Presence, Connect, Assessment, Intervention, Develop Plan of Care) as an intervention appropriate in any phase of a disaster
  • Disaster human services operations and disaster site operations
  • Practice in applying principles of spiritual and emotional care in various disaster scenarios

Mental Health: Introduction; Impact of Disaster; Response and Reaction

  • Phases of psychological reaction to disaster and impact on behaviors, thoughts, & feelings
  • Psychological First Aid as a basic intervention that does not require professional training
  • Indicators that referrals for professional mental health care may be appropriate

Self-CareThe Need and Techniques; Individual and Community Resilience

  • The need for caregivers to develop effective self-care practices
  • Practices that minimize compassion fatigue (“the cost of caring”) and other stresses related to providing care in times of crisis
  • Strategies to promote recovery and resiliency, especially through support systems that monitor, nourish and maintain self-care for individuals and communities
To Register Click Here   •   To download our Training brochure Click Here



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