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Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters

This advanced level course will enhance your skills to provide effective emotional and spiritual care (ESC) to meet the disaster-related needs of disaster responders and disaster affected families and individuals within disaster operations. This course builds on the crisis intervention principles taught in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) core courses to effectively integrate these principles within ESC teams for appropriate care throughout the disaster continuum from the immediate to long-term recovery process.

This course is designed for trained clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals, and CISM trained crisis responders who desire to enhance their skills in providing Emotional and Spiritual Care to survivors of disaster and trauma.

Suggested but not mandatory prerequisites: Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support; Group Crisis Intervention; Pastoral Crisis Intervention.


Course Highlights

  • One’s own faith tradition and ESC
  • ESC & the Incident Command System
  • ESC & disaster relief operations
  • Physical, psychological, emotional impact of disasters
  • Behavioral, interpersonal and spiritual impact of disasters
  • Range of ESC interventions in the aftermath
  • Suitability to provide ESC
  • Maintaining health during deployment
  • Deployment personal care plans
  • Intervention and care giving concepts
  • Completion of “Emotional & Spiritual Care in Disasters” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (14 Contact Hours) qualifies as a course in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.


    Continuing Education Information

    Two-Day Course: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 14 Contact Hours; 14 CE Credits for Psychologists; 14 PDHs for EAPs; 14 CE Hours for Calif. MFTs & LCSWs; 14 Contact Hours for National Certified Addiction Counselors; OR 1.4 General CEUs from UMBC

    Continuing education information listed is only applicable when attending an ICISF Regional Conference.

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    2014 Regional Conferences

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    San Francisco, CA: April 30- May 4, 2014

    Ellicott City, MD: June 25-29, 2014

    San Antonio, TX July 17-20, 2014

    Wichita, KS July 21-24, 2014

    West Palm Beach, FL: September 9-13, 2014

    Victoria, BC: October 2-5, 2014


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    Chicago, Il: October 22-26, 2014

    San Diego, CA: December 3-7, 2014