Chaplain Training Courses

A two-day training to prepare faith leaders or spiritual care providers to volunteer as "disaster chaplains" will be offered in May and again in June by the National Interfaith’s Disaster Network. Participants will be trained to serve as chaplains in mass care settings or within their house of worship, religious community, or professional institution.

Emergency managers and mental health professionals may take this course to develop their knowledge of best practices in disaster spiritual care. The National Disaster Interfaiths Network is a nonprofit, national network of disaster interfaith organizations working together to reduce disaster-caused human suffering through the exchange of information and cooperative support.

Registration fees have been reduced through grants.

 

Date: May 17-18, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Metropolitan College of New York, Emergency and Disaster Management Program, 431 Canal Street, New York City (Manhattan) - (Directions)
Class size: Limited to 30 participants
Registration deadline: May 4
Cost: $145, paid in advance; includes continental breakfast and training materials
Sponsor: Metropolitan College of New York, Emergency and Disaster Management Program
Details: Open to religious leaders and spiritual caregivers of all faiths. New York City-area participants who complete this certification can volunteer with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS). The National Interfaiths Disaster Network also can assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.

 

Date: June 12-13, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Hartford Seminary, Multi-faith Chaplaincy Program, 77 Sherman St., Hartford, CT (Directions)
Class size: Limited to 35 participants
Registration deadline: May 30
Cost: $195, paid in advance; two continuing education unit credits available ; includes continental breakfast, lunch , and training materials
Sponsor: Hartford Seminary, Multi-faith Chaplaincy Program
Details: Open to religious leaders and spiritual caregivers of all faiths. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) or its partners. The network also can assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.

 

The chaplain training course is compliant with NIMS (National Incident Management Systems) and incorporates FEMA Incident Command System (IS 100) training. It also complies with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) points of consensus for disaster spiritual care.

The curriculum incorporates:

Operations and Spiritual Care: General Principles, Interventions, Sites, and Specifics

 

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

 

Self-Care: The Need and Techniques; and Individual and Community Resilience

 

For more information, contact the National Disaster Interfaiths Network or write to NDIN, 4 West 43rd St., Suite 407, New York City, NY, 10036.