Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Foundations of Disaster Mental Health

The American Red Cross is offering
Foundations of Disaster Mental Health

Saturday January 22, 2011, from 9am-5pm

Where: Durham Office of the American Red Cross, 4737 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707.
Directions can be found at:

Registration: Licensed professionals may self-register for the course by visiting: http://classes.redcross.org
(Licensed mental health professionals include: social worker, counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, registered nurse with psychiatric nursing experience and training beyond the normal rotation required for a RN.)

CEUs: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health has been approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) for 6.5 contact hours and 0.6 CEU.

(The course is 8 hours in length including breaks. Full attendance and active participation is required to earn a course certificate.)


Foundations of Disaster Mental Health is a basic course that consists of a series of presentations, interactive discussions and table group activities. The course introduces the key concepts, knowledge and skills required of anyone assigned to the Disaster Mental Health (DMH) activity for the Red Cross.

The course provides participates the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world examples that reflect challenges experienced by DMH workers, be it on a Disaster Action Team response to smaller local disasters or serving on a larger disaster relief operation.

The purpose of this basic level Red Cross training course is to prepare licensed mental health professionals to provide for and respond to the psychological needs of people across the continuum of disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

The course is available to employees and volunteers of the Red Cross and Red Cross partner agencies that have a current license to practice mental health and are interested in Red Cross disaster mental health preparedness, response and recovery activities at their local chapter and on national disaster relief operations.

Q: How does a student obtain CEUs after completing a Red Cross course or attending a presentation?

A: Students should complete the following steps after completing a Red Cross training course:

1. Visit www.RedCrossstore.org

2. Provide:

• Course name

• Course date(s)

• Location of course including address, city and zip code

• American Red Cross chapter name

• Instructor name

3. Select the CEU for the course and pay the fee.

4. Upon verification of course completion, the CEU certificate will be e-mailed to you within four weeks; hard copy upon request.

For more information, please contact Tim Bothe, Director of Emergency Services

American Red Cross - Central North Carolina Chapter

Serving: Durham County, Granville County, Orange County, Person County & Vance County

Tel (919) 489-6541 x. 333

Fax (919) 489-4026

Cell (919) 883-6128


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