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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)

Union, NJ

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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




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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

The genesis for the credentialing project was conceived in the aftermath of 9/11, when the New Jersey Division of Mental Health 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 credentialing project was initiated in August 2004, when a general forum was held for community providers to assess the status of the workforce and determine the most prominent issues post-9/11. This forum was followed by two community provider focus groups that examined the process of credentialing disaster mental health workers. The focus groups pulled together experts from the community to identify the competencies necessary for effective response in disaster, crisis and traumatic event situations. Following these forums, a best practice search was conducted to identify organizations that had developed a similar process and tools. A draft credentialing application was developed that reflected these best practice tools and practices, drawing from the experience of such organizations as the American Red Cross, Doctors of the World, Mental Health Workers/Doctors without Borders, and the United Nations mission field operations guide.

Beginning in late 2004 and continuing throughout 2005, the credentialing process and application was piloted in five counties: Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic and Monmouth counties. In total, approximately 315 applications were reviewed, and both the process and the application itself were revised and refined. The project was reviewed with Assistant Commissioner Kevin Martone, Candice Covington, Gladys Padro and Monica Indart in April 2006, and the decision was made to extend the credentialing process to all counties.

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