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Ethical Issues in Crisis Response - Kean University

New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Program

Monday, February 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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This workshop will provide a review of relevant ethical principles and issues related to crisis and disaster response interventions. The workshop will review general principles and elements of ethical decision making models and discuss their application to crisis and disaster response. Philosophical issues (e.g., the politics and economics of disaster relief efforts) and practical issues (e.g., the varied and sometimes conflicting roles of the crisis counselor) will be presented for group analysis and discussion. Case vignettes will illustrate some of the common ethical dilemmas encountered by crisis counselors, and provide a framework for decision-making. The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for open discussion of ethical dilemmas we have encountered in our work, and how we seek to resolve such dilemmas.

• Participants will identify areas of potential ethical conflict that are relevant to crisis intervention and disaster response work

• Participants will identify elements of an ethical decision-making model that can be applied to specific ethical dilemmas

• Participants will apply principles of an ethical decision making model to case vignettes involving crisis and disaster response

Trainer: Megan Sullivan, LCADC


*** 6 CEU's - 6 DRCC Initial Credits*** 

***Registration begins at 8:30am***

***Training runs from 9:00am - 4:00pm***


Breakfast and Lunch will not be provided.


Kean University -University Center (UC) - First Floor Little Theatre

1000 Morris Avenue

Union, NJ 07083


Directions: http://www.kean.edu/campusmap/


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Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

Monday, February 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Program

New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (NJDRCC) Certification

New Jersey is one of the first states in the nation to undergo a formal process for certification of its disaster crisis response workforce. The NJDRCC certification represents a partnership between the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services' Disaster and Terrorism Branch, the Mental Health Association of New Jersey and The Certification Board of New Jersey, Inc. Funded through a generous federal Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grant, the DRCC certification is issued by The Certification Board.

To obtain the DRCC certification one must complete the following 5 required courses:
1) National Incident Management System (NIMS 700)/Incident Command System (ICS 100)
2) Introduction to Disaster and Trauma Counseling: Basic Training for Disaster Response Crisis Counselors 
3) Ethical Issues in Crisis Response
4) Cross Cultural Issues in Disaster Response
5) Key Concepts in Psychological First Aid

Completed applications are reviewed by a committee of professionals with expertise in disaster response. Applications which have met the approval of this committee are then forwarded to The Certification Board for final processing, which includes background checks conducted through fingerprinting. Instructions for the application and the on-line certification application are provided on this website.

The need for certifying crisis response workers became apparent in the aftermath of 9/11, when the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services operated its largest FEMA-funded disaster response program in its history. Many lessons were learned from 9/11, with one of the principle lessons being the critical need for an organized, well-trained and credentialed workforce. The NJDRCC certification began as a credentialing pilot project in August 2004, when community forums were held to gather information and expertise on the subject. It became the Disaster and Terrorism Branch’s mission to develop and sustain a qualified volunteer workforce.

As of 2014, over 2800 applications have been received and approximately 1189 certifications have been issued. The Certification Board meets on a quarterly basis (September, December, March and June) and must review all completed applications for final approval and issuance of the DRCC certification. The DRCC certification process continues to be refined and streamlined in order to maximize efficiency and ensure that qualified applicants are certified in a timely fashion.

Prior to the end of the two year certification, human service professionals are required to complete a 12-hour continuing education curriculum for DRCC re-certification. Should you have additional questions about the DRCC certification, please contact Tegan Perrotta, Coordinator for the Mental Health Association of New Jersey at tperrotta@mhanj.org, or Annie Westerman, Program Manager for NJDMHAS Disaster and Terrorism Branch at annie.westerman@dhs.state.nj.us.  Please check this website (www.njdrcc.org) for more detailed information and updates to our training calendar.

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