Help Families Put Their Lives Back Together After a Disaster – Join our Mental Health Team!

American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region

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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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Qualifications:

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”

Required:

  • 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)

Recommended:

  • 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

To apply for this job email your details to danielle.reed@redcross.org