Hartford Seminary, through a training partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), will host a one-day Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care Worker training course on the Hartford Seminary campus on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Congregation leaders, first responders, chaplains, lay spiritual care providers, mental health professionals, and emergency managers are urged to enroll. Participants will earn a certificate in Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care Best Practices.
“This one-day training provides an overview of best practices for volunteers who would be supervised by a disaster chaplain in a response to a mass-casualty situation or in a mass-care setting,” explains NDIN President and Hartford Seminary Adjunct Professor, Peter Gudaitis. “This course is also an excellent way for clergy and chaplains to sharpen skills, and for first responders, managers, and mental health professional to expand their knowledge of disaster spiritual care best practices.”
The training covers such topics as emotional and spiritual care across the disaster “life cycle,” disaster site operations, mental health assessment and referral, effective self-care practices for care providers, and the federal Incident Command System (ICS). “The crucial learning from the workshop for me,” said a participant in Hartford Seminary’s June 2013 disaster spiritual care training, herself a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, “was my new awareness of how individuals and communities are affected by disasters.”
The NDIN curriculum is compliant with NIMS (National Incident Management System) and incorporates FEMA Incident Command System (FEMA IS 100) training. It also complies with the National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Points of Consensus for Disaster Spiritual Care.
NDIN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to build disaster-resilient communities through the exchange of best-practices information, cooperative support, and training. NDIN courses, consultants and trainers help develop best-practices resources and sustainable capacity for local advocacy, disaster chaplaincy, mitigation education, preparedness training, relief, and recovery coordination.
Participants who complete NDIN training can volunteer with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) or its partners. NDIN can assist volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.
“Disaster emotional and spiritual care competence is an important element of Hartford Seminary’s new Multifaith Chaplaincy Program,” notes Dr. Lucinda Mosher, Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies and the program’s director.
The cost of this training is $110.00, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and materials. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants. To enroll, visit the NDIN website: http://www.n-din.org/. For more information, contact Lucinda Mosher: firstname.lastname@example.org.