Disaster Chaplaincy & Mental Health Training Seminar

Disaster Chaplaincy & Mental Health Training Seminar

Disaster Chaplaincy & Mental Health Training Seminar
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 9:15 AM

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Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters
25 Shawmut Road
Canton, MA 02021

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Disaster Chaplains Association is hosting a Disaster Chaplain’s one day seminar related to deepening our understanding of what it means to respond to an individual or family’s emotional and spiritual needs after a disaster.  

Our speakers from the world of faith as well as healthcare professionals will bring together current understanding of spiritual/emotional needs as well as mental health needs after all hazard disasters. These professionals will share their understanding of the disaster trauma mental health on survivor recovery and offer insights regarding how both the faith based and the mental health communities can work in partnership after disasters. 

In addition, various disaster response organizations will be invited to set up tables so that after lunch, attendees will be able to pick up resources and get to know what other groups are doing in the disaster arena. 

​Event Agenda

"The Journey of Healing after a Disaster or Tragedy: A look at the Role of Spiritual Care and Mental Health"

9:15am  Registration

​9:30am - 9:45am  Welcome/Overview

​9:45am - 11am  Panel  Discussion 
"The Essential Role of Behavioral Health and Spiritual Care in Disasters"  Representatives from FEMA, MA Dept. of Mental Health, Riverside Trauma, and the Disaster Chaplain Association will participate in the panel.  Discussion topics will include reviewing recent disaster responses,  identifying gap needs, collaborations between agencies, new initiatives for expanding services, and best practices from the field will be shared in this panel.    

11:00am - 11:15am   Break
11:15am - 12:15pm  "Dealing with Predators"    Dr. Christina Belogour
​The chaos and vulnerabilities that disasters create unfortunately are also a predators' ideal opportunity. In this information session, we will focus on the shocking data on human trafficking, learn the various types of human trafficking,  identify context specific trafficking signs and symptoms, and discuss reporting and advocacy measures in the context of a disaster as well as dealing with predatory behaviour in the local faith based community.

​12:15pm - 1:00pm  Lunch/Set up Tables 
1:00pm - 2:00pm  "Comprehensive Active Shooter and Crisis Planning"  Meghan Gomes, Deputy Director,      Worcester Emergency Management.  ​Worcester Emergency Management is one of the state leads in developing a comprehensive multi-agency preparedness plan for dealing with active shooters as well as other crisis loss of life. There will be a presentation on the different phases of this project, as well as the key role Disaster Behavioral health and Chaplaincy has in each phase.

The cost for this workshop is $35.00 (plus $3.77 for Eventbrite) - total $38.77 
See registration link on the right.

​Lunch is provided as well as free parking. This will take place at the Salvation Army Headquarters in Canton, MA.  The time will be 9:15 to 2:30pm. All faiths are welcome. Clergy, Chaplains, Emergency Managers, and Metal Health Providers are encouraged to attend.  

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