This training is one of the required courses for initial DRCC certification.
This training is worth 6 initial DRCC credits.
This workshop provides a review of cultural issues and considerations that are relevant to the effective delivery of disaster mental health services. Aspects of culture and ethnicity that influence the experience of crisis, trauma and suffering, and cultural traditions that enhance recovery and healing for individuals, families and communities will be presented and discussed. Participants will be encouraged, through group exercises, to examine their own culturally-grounded values and beliefs, and how these constructs shape our professional roles. The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for open discussion of culturally-based ethical dilemmas we have encountered in our work, and how we seek to resolve such dilemmas.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
•Identify specific aspects of how selected cultures understand and interpret crisis and suffering
•Understand ways in which culturally-derived rituals for healing and recovery can be incorporated into crisis counseling programs
•Understand the critical distinction between mental health and psychosocial interventions, and how this distinction shapes program development and delivery
Trainer: Neal Stephens, DRCC, State Trainer
This course is approved for 6 Initial Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC) credits.
No breakfast or lunch will be provided.