Indiana Psychological Association - Event Information
Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals
Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals introduces the key concepts, knowledge and skills required of a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health (Disaster Mental Health) worker. It is a 2-part course that provides participants with the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world examples that reflect challenges experienced by Disaster Mental Health responders, from supporting a local Disaster Action Team (DAT) response to serving on a larger disaster relief operation.
The purpose of Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals is to prepare Disaster Mental Health-eligible workers to provide for and respond to the psychosocial and emotional needs of people throughout the disaster cycle of preparedness, response and recovery. Part 1 will provide an in-depth study of the knowledge and skills associated with providing high-quality Disaster Mental Health services. Part 2 will provide an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in Part 1, become familiar with the role of the Disaster Mental Health worker, and experience how Disaster Mental Health work may be different from one’s daily role as a mental health professional.
This workshop is designed for professionals who meet the below eligibility criteria and who are interested in providing Disaster Mental Health at their local chapter and on national disaster relief operations:
A. CURRENTLY LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
At minimum, holds a Master’s Degree in one of the mental health professions listed below; and
Holds a current, unencumbered license from, or is registered with, any U.S. state or territory as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, or psychiatrist (any level license/registration, including non-clinical licenses such as Licensed Masters Social Worker or LMSW).
B. CURRENT SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND SCHOOL COUNSELORS:
At minimum, holds a Master’s Degree in school psychology or school counseling; and
Holds a current, unencumbered license or certification as a school psychologist or school counselor issued by an appropriate state board.
C. CURRENT PSYCHIATRIC NURSES:
Have a state license as a registered nurse; and
Have a minimum of two years of experience working in a psychiatric setting, verified by a letter from a current or previous employer.
D. RETIRED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
Meet the above educational criteria for specified profession; and
Held a license (any level license) from any U.S. state or territory as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse or psychiatrist, or a certificate as a school psychologist or school counselor, within the five years* prior to onboarding as a Disaster Mental Health worker; and
Maintained a license or certification in good standing upon retirement and without any disciplinary action taken by the issuing U.S. state or territory licensing or certification board. *If a prospective Disaster Mental Health volunteer has been retired for more than five years, the corresponding Disaster Mental Health Division Advisor should be consulted. See the Disaster Mental Health and Disaster Health Services Advisor Program Roster on The Exchange for a list of advisors and their contact information.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Indianapolis Fire Department Headquarters 955 Fort Wayne Ave Indianapolis, IN 46202 UNITED STATES