Disaster Mental Health Training Programs
The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is sponsoring a series of training events to ensure that providers from both the public and private sectors responding to disasters under the auspices of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services are appropriately trained. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a major source of funding support after disasters, it is important to maintain a pool of professionals trained under the prescribed National Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) guidelines for Crisis Counseling. All of the training programs offered through this initiative are consistent with those guidelines.
These training sessions will also be used, not only to develop an expanded cadre of responders, but as a mechanism to develop a data base of people known to the Division in advance that can be quickly and easily accessed in the event of a disaster. Training participants will register with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and this information will be shared with the county Mental Health Administrators who are central points of access for emergency response. All volunteers will be asked to contact their local county Mental Health Administrator directly to participate in the Emergency Response Network.
Please note that mental health professionals who wish to assist in future response efforts will be required to be trained through this mechanism. In addition, providers who were previously trained will be asked about the training they have already received to assess if additional training may still be needed.
Future participation in Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services sanctioned disaster responses is contingent on the mental health professional's completion of at least the full-day, "Introduction to Disaster Mental Health and Crisis Counseling program. A variety of Advanced Disaster Mental Health training topics are also offered in a half-day format.
These training sessions are open to mental health professionals working in both public and private settings, and efforts are underway to promote these programs through the various professional associations (i.e.- National Association of Social Workers/New Jersey Chapter; New Jersey Psychological Association; New Jersey Psychiatric Association; etc.) CEU's for the various disciplines will be sought, but can not be promised at this time. Professionals who live and work in counties other than the eleven hosting these sessions are also invited, and a predetermined number of seats will be held aside at each session for out-of-county participants.
Please consult this site often to learn about upcoming training events and participation in the Emergency Response Network. The training sessions currently scheduled are listed below, along with contact names and numbers for registration. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. These training are offered at no charge to the participant.
2012 Trainings The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Disaster and Terrorism Branch is now coordinating its training events in partnership with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. For information about current and future training events, please go to www.mhanj.org
Training is now being scheduled for 2012. Please click on the links below for for additional information on these trainings:
"Introduction to Disaster Mental Health and Trauma Counseling"
"Incident Command System (ICS 100) and National Incident Management System (NIMS 700)"