Disaster training offered during APA convention

Disaster programming will be offered in August to help psychologists further their skills.

A free three-hour Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals (PDF, 37KB) training course is being offered on Saturday morning, Aug. 6 during the APA Annual Convention in Denver. This pivotal course for licensed professionals seeking to become Red Cross disaster mental health volunteers is sponsored by APA’s Disaster Resource Network, the Colorado Psychological Association and the Red Cross Mile High Chapter. It will be taught by two Colorado psychologists who are Red Cross volunteers and Disaster Resource Network coordinators.

If you have thought about helping individuals or communities be ready for or recover from disaster, this training may be for you. To find out more about what’s involved before committing to the three-hour training, please take a free 30-minute online course: Red Cross Disaster Mental Health: Introduction. If you then decide to register for the August training, please email no later than June 30. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate to submit to their local Red Cross as part of the volunteer enrollment process.

In addition, leaders of APA’s Disaster Resource Network are offering a skill building session, Disaster Mental Health Interventions: Models and Applications, on Thursday, Aug. 4, from noon-1:50 p.m. Div. 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) is sponsoring this session. Presenters will identify, describe and discuss research related to four disaster mental health models. In breakout groups, participants will consider exercise scenarios and how the various models might offer assistance.

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. Please see the program’s website for additional information.