Sign up now to take Red Cross Disaster Training in Denver

APA’s Disaster Resource Network and the Denver Chapter of the American Red Cross are hosting a free three-hour Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals training on Aug. 6 at the Denver chapter during the APA Annual Convention.

In recent weeks, psychologists have offered disaster mental health support to those affected by the mass shooting in Orlando, the large-scale floods in Texas and West Virginia and wildfire evacuations in Alberta, Canada. Now is a good time to prepare to help your community in the event of a disaster.

APA’s Disaster Resource Network and the Denver Chapter of the American Red Cross are hosting a free three-hour Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals training on Saturday morning, Aug. 6. This is an essential course for licensed professionals seeking to become Red Cross disaster mental health volunteers. A free shuttle bus will be provided to and from the chapter and the Denver Convention Center, site of the 2016 APA Annual Convention.

Colorado psychologists Daniel J. Mosley, EdD, and Heidi L. Ardern, PhD, will teach the course and share their experiences as Red Cross volunteers and leaders of APA’s Disaster Resource Network. 

Register no later than July 15 by contacting Elizabeth Lewan in the APA Practice Directorate. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate to submit to their local Red Cross as part of the volunteer enrollment process. Three APA CE credits are also available.

The Disaster Resource Network, formerly Disaster Response Network, was renamed in January 2016 to more accurately reflect the many ways psychologists engage in disaster work. The network of approximately 2,500 psychologists helps individuals and communities prepare, respond and recover from disaster. State, provincial and territorial psychological associations build and maintain programs that, together, form a network across the U.S. and Canada.

For 25 years, APA has partnered with the American Red Cross to facilitate psychologists’ involvement in disaster services. The Disaster Resource Network helps fulfill APA’s mission to apply psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. Additional information about the DRN is available on the APA website.