Emotional & 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: Assisting Individuals in Crisis; 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.

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