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DelValle Institute: Disaster Behavioral Health Training: Community Settings

  • Franklin Park Zoo 1 Franklin Park Road Boston, MA, 02121 United States (map)

Thursday, June 1, 2017  -
Friday, June 2, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Course Description:
Boston’s youth and their families live in rich and diverse neighborhoods that are often impacted by traumatic events.  Similar to those exposed to mass causalities and disasters such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Sandy Hook, our Boston residents need access to skilled professionals that can respond to local incidents of trauma and aid in the recovery process.

This training will provide the basic philosophy and model for participating in deployments, and a beginner-level skills for participating in group interventions designed to reduce the impact of sudden traumatic events on individuals exposed to incidents of homicides, suicides, fires, and accidents, etc.  Both community residents and clinical staff will be able to participate in supervised service actions in community settings. This training builds on the Psychological First Aid (PFA) disaster behavioral health technique. 

NOTE:  The priority for this training is to increase the capacity to service impacted neighborhoods that do not currently have enough skilled responders to meet their needs.

Learning Objectives:

By the conclusion of this course, attendees will learn:

  1. The basic model for participating in Disaster Behavioral Health deployments
  2. Critical concepts for participating in multi-agency deployments
  3. The purpose of and model for group interventions
  4. Self-care, resilience, and workforce protection practices


Target Audience:
Clergy, youth workers, case managers, school staff, emergency responders, coaches, clinicians, etc.