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