Monday, August 03, 2020

Disaster Chaplain Training Courses

Offered by National Disaster Interfaiths Network

Our comprehensive interfaith curriculum is open to faith leaders of all faiths. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer with the training co-sponsors or NDIN can assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may take this course to develop their knowledge of spiritual care best practices.

This two-day training prepares faith leaders, spiritual care providers or institutional chaplains to volunteer as disaster chaplains in mass care settings or to serve as disaster chaplains within their house of worship, religious community or professional institution. Each registrant must be endorsed for this training and/or currently serve as a professional chaplain and/or credentialed religious leader. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may register using their agency affiliation.

The Course Curriculum Incorporates:

Operations & Spiritual Care: General Principles; Interventions; Sites and Specifics
Operations & Spiritual Care: General Principles; Interventions; Sites and Specifics
Emotional and spiritual phases of the disaster "life cycle"
Spiritual First Aid:ÿ 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-Care: The 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

Pre-requisites (to be completed before a certificate can be issued):

1) Written endorsement by a judicatory official and/or currently serve in a house of worship, as a professional chaplain or licensed pastoral counselor and/or credentialed faith leader.

2) Completion of the free on-line FEMA IS 100 course on the Incident Command System
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