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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Disaster Behavioral Health Volunteer Training
May 24, 2011
Disaster Behavioral Health – A Critical Response
A training curriculum for behavioral health, spiritual care, and substance abuse professionals as well as disaster responders and natural community helpers. Note: To be eligible for the Maine Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team, participants must attend both days.
The training programs will be two days in length and will be held from 8:30 – 5 pm each day. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both days. Note: To be eligible for the Maine Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team participants must attend both days.
The purpose of these trainings is two fold:
Behavioral Health Response Teams
Teams will be managed at the state level by the Program Director of Disaster Behavioral Health Services and managed locally by clinical team leaders. These teams will be deployed through the state emergency management system. Teams will be trained to respond to the emotional needs of disaster victims, responders, or community members in local, state, or nationally declared disasters or traumatic incidents requiring a behavioral health response.
Mental health and substance abuse providers, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, spiritual care providers, first responders, first receivers and other individuals who wish to learn more about the behavioral health response to disasters and are interested in exploring the idea of joining the Maine Disaster Behavioral Health Volunteer Response Team.
About This Training
Day One: Participants will learn about the behavioral health impact of disasters on individuals and communities. They will also learn about normal and adverse stress reactions and be given information about how the state and national disaster preparedness and response systems work.
Day Two: Participants will learn disaster behavioral health interventions used to identify and address these reactions (such as psychological first aid). They will go through an exercise to learn how to set up a family assistance center and respond to the needs of the victims and families. Finally, they will have the opportunity to learn about and join the formal state team in Maine tasked with responding to the behavioral health needs of the community after a disaster.
June 23 & 24, 2011 - Atlantic Oceanside, Bar Harbor
September 23 & 24, 2011 - Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn
October 6 & 7, 2011 – Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor
November 3 & 4, 2011 – UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast
More Information Below and Registration Materials Attached or available by emailing Tammy McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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