January 26, 2013 FEMA CCP Training
Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Mandatory FEMA CCP Training
Crisis Counseling Program
January 26, 2013
This is an INVITATION ONLY training.
The Disaster and Terrorism Branch is offering this one day course as a requirement of the FEMA Crisis Counseling Assistance Program. This full day training includes a refresher of basic crisis counseling principles , a primer for data collection of services provided and a comprehensive review of the disaster event. Crisis Counselors who are participating in the Hurricane Sandy response must attend. In addition to the training aspects, this will be the first opportunity to meet your fellow responders and have a discussion about your challenges with this response as well as to share recommendations.
Mental Health Association in Union
Ideal Professional Park Building
2333 Morris Ave Building C Suite 206/208
Union, NJ 07083
Entrance and plenty of parking in the rear of building.
Time: 9am to 4pm
When & Where
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.