Georgia's Disaster Mental Health Training Program
All of Georgia’s state sponsored disaster mental health courses are free of charge. These courses are paid for by the Georgia Department of Public Health and delivered in partnership with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Funding for the training is through the Georgia Healthcare Preparedness Program through a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
Emergency Planning Preparedness Planning Kit For Small Residential ProvidersClick Here to access the 2016 Emergency Planning Kit for Small Residential Providers.
Building Emotional Resilience For Disaster Response WorkersEmotional Resilience is the ability of people to cope with stress and catastrophe. People who work in the field of emergency response are susceptible to extreme stress and the negative impact of those reactions. The skills taught in the course will help responders develop techniques that will assist them in dealing with daily life and be better prepared for more challenging times. Building Emotional Resilience for Disaster Response Workers was adapted from training developed for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and it is designed to teach disaster response workers how to cope with the stress associated with disaster response, how to assist their co-workers and how to provide emotional support to the public. For more information and to schedule a class, contact Jeannette David at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at 404-657-2354 or email@example.com.
Disaster Mental Health Field Response TrainingThe Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with the Department of Public Health, offers free training in Disaster Mental Health Field Response. This training covers the following topics: A short segment on NIMS, the biology of stress and its impact on behavior, initial disaster mental health response, needs assessment and the FEMA Crisis Counseling Program, information on psychological first aid interventions, triage assessment and referral, and self-care. This is a very interactive training that concludes with an exercise that simulates a disaster shelter. The target audience includes: community hospital and Public Health staff, volunteers (community and MRCs), state mental health system personnel, EMA, first responders, risk communicators, Red Cross, and independent professional mental health providers. Contact Jeannette David at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at 404-657-2354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Done in Day: American Red Cross Disaster Mental HealthThe Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with the American Red Cross of Georgia, is offering a comprehensive one-day training that will teach licensed mental health providers the knowledge and skills required to respond to the behavioral and psychosocial needs of individuals who have been impacted by emergencies and disasters. Participants who take this training will be qualified to serve as Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers and work in shelters, Disaster Recovery Centers and other venues as required. The intended audience for this training includes: DBHDD Regional and State Office staff, DBHDD Behavioral Health Providers, and DFCS staff are invited to attend this training. All participants must hold a current Georgia License as a clinical psychologist (PSY), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed professional counselor (LPC), or a Georgia Educator Certificate as a School Psychologist or a School Counselor; a state license and a bachelor’s degree (BSN) as a registered nurse and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification for psychiatric and mental health nursing to include RN-BC or PMHNP-BC or PMHCNS-BC. For more information and to schedule a class, contact Jeannette David at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at 404-657-2354 or email@example.com.
National Incident ManagementThe National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment. Free on-line training in NIMS is available Here. It is recommended that all responders take Independent Study (IS) 100.B (Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS 100) and IS 700.a (National Incident Management System [NIMS] An Introduction).
Psychological First AidPsychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. This course also includes segments on responder preparedness and self-care. PFA was developed through a partnership between the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD. PFA has been adapted for particular populations and service providers and State of Georgia provides training in following models:
Psychological First Aid
Psychological First Aid for Community Religious Professionals
Psychological First Aid for Medical Reserve Corps
There is also a free on-line version available for independent study. For more information about PFA visit this link or contact Jeannette David at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at 404-657-2354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.