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Skills for Psychological Recovery - 2 Day Conference

New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Program

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the months and years after disasters and terrorism. SPR is designed to help survivors acquire skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities. Principles and techniques of Skills for Psychological Recovery meet four basic standards. They are: (1) consistent with research evidence on risk and resilience following trauma; (2) applicable and practical in field settings; (3) appropriate for developmental levels across the lifespan; and (4) culturally informed and delivered in a flexible manner.


The goals of SPR are to:

1. Protect the mental health of disaster survivors

2. Involve survivors in identifying and addressing their current needs and concerns

3. Teach skills to promote the recovery of children, adolescents, adults, and families

4. Prevent maladaptive behaviors


These goals are accomplished by helping survivors to:

• Identify and Prioritize Current Concerns

• Build Problem-Solving Skills

• Schedule and Engage in Positive Activities

• Promote Helpful Thinking

• Rebuild Healthy Social Connections

• Manage Distressing Reactions

This training is only open to NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Certification holders. Attendance to both days is required.


This two day training is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 and Thursday, June 23, 2011. 

Registration begins at 8:30 am both days.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

12 Clinical NASW CEU's Pending*

The training will be held at Rutgers< the State University, Douglass College Campus, New Brunswick.

Your registration confirmation will include detailed information about facility location, parking and other pertinent information. 




About the Trainers


Melissa. J. Brymer, Ph.D., Psy.D. is the Director of Terrorism and Disaster Programs of the UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. In this capacity, she is involved with the development of acute interventions, assessment, and educational materials in the area of terrorism, disasters, and school crises.  She is one of the primary authors of Psychological First Aid, and is the lead trainer. She has been a consultant for many school districts across the country after school shootings and also with the United Nations Children's Fund in Kosovo. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she was invited by the US Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to provide on-site consultation with school districts in the hurricane-affected states. Dr. Brymer is a licensed clinical psychologist who has clinical and research experience in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse, terrorism and disasters, and acute child trauma. 


Dr. Robert D. Macy is a practicing trauma psychologist with 20 years experience in academic, clinical and international acute psychological trauma and behavioral health disaster response, management and recovery. Dr. Macy is a trauma psychologist and a Research Fellow in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He serves as a psychosocial and trauma disaster response expert at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he is Co-Chair of the Division of Disaster Resilience and works in partnership with Dr. Ciottone in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Macy is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Trauma Psychology which has provided psychosocial disaster management to 17 countries worldwide over the last 10 years producing the first ever randomized cluster controlled trials of effective psychosocial trauma focused interventions in disaster zones across four different cultures.



Patricia Watson, Ph.D. has been a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD, and assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry, for the last 11 years. She is a co-author of the Psychological First Aid Field Guide and Skills for Psychological Recovery Manual by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, and has additionally co-edited three books on disaster behavioral health interventions. She has co-authored numerous articles, guidance documents, training materials, and chapters on disaster mental health, resilience, and pandemic flu. She served as Project Coordinator for the SAMSHA Center for Mental Health Services and National Center for PTSD, collaborative agreement, Best Practices in Disaster Mental Health from 2001 - 2008. She recently completed an extensive literature review of the disaster interventions studies over the last 5 years, to provide guidance on Crisis Counseling Program improvement. In addition to being a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD, she is currently the Associate Director of the Terrorism and Disaster Program for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. 

Have questions about Skills for Psychological Recovery - 2 Day Conference? Contact New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Program


Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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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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