American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region
Website American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region
Purpose: The Disaster Mental Health responder provides disaster mental health services to individuals and families who have been impacted by a disaster.
- Provide Disaster Mental Health interventions to clients impacted by a disaster.
- Participate in relevant meetings and activities as a member of the Disaster Mental Health chapter team.
- Participate in preparedness efforts, such as the Home Fire Campaign or community disaster education.
- Help facilitate long-term recovery for clients impacted by disaster.
- Assist the chapter in developing partnerships with local mental health agencies.
- Support other disaster responders before, during and after disaster response using staff mental health strategies.
Time Commitment: Varies depending on local disaster events
CURRENTLY LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
- Have at least a Master’s Degree in one of the mental health professions listed below; and
- Currently hold a license (any level license, including non-clinical licenses such as Licensed Masters Social Worker or LMSW) from any U.S. state or territory as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, or psychiatrist.
CURRENT SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND SCHOOL COUNSELORS:
- Have at least a minimum of a Master’s Degree in school psychology or school counseling; and
- Currently hold a state license or state certification as a school psychologist or school counselor issued by a state board of education.
CURRENT PSYCHIATRIC NURSES:
- Have a state license as a registered nurse; and
- Have a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a psychiatric setting.
RETIRED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
- Meet the above educational criteria for specified profession; and
- Held a license or certification (any level license) from any U.S. state or territory as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, school psychologist, school counselor, psychiatric nurse or psychiatrist, within the 5 years* prior to on-boarding as a Disaster
Mental Health worker; and Retired in good standing (with no actions pending against the license) with the issuing state licensing or certification board.
Relationships: Works closely with DMH Chapter Coordinator, DAT leaders and responders, Disaster Program Manager responsible for Direct Services.
Length of Appointment: Ongoing
Development Opportunity: Disaster Mental Health Chapter Coordinator
Training: Refer to the “Job Tool: Training and System Access Requirements for the Disaster Mental Health Workforce”
- Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview
- Disaster Mental Health Introduction
- Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals Part I (web based)
- Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals Part II (instructor led)
- Recovery Services: An Overview
- Disaster Action Team Basics Presentation (available on Exchange) Casework and Recovery
- Planning Fundamentals
- Direct Client Assistance Fundamentals
- Shelter Fundamentals
- CAS: Overview Video
- CAS: Creating a Case Video
- Everyone is Welcome
- CPR/First Aid
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