The Alameda County Red Cross in conjunction with the Alameda County Psychological Association and Girls Incorporated of Alameda County present
two FREE trainings:
"Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress"
Saturday October 13, 2018 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 4 CE units
"Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals Part 2"
Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM 2.5 CE units
FREE but registration is required.
Instructors: Jill Hofman, LMFT and Jennifer Winship, LCSW
Where: Oakland Red Cross Office | 3901 Broadway | Oakland, CA 94611
(Parking is available in the parking lot behind the building, off side street)
Lunch is provided. Please indicate if you want a vegetarian or vegan option.
You do not need to attend both classes to get credit.
To register please contact Jennifer Winship at firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress is a basic level course that enables participants to provide basic care, comfort, and support to people who are experiencing disaster-related stress. The course provides a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the clients they serve, introduces the principles of psychological first aid, and provides guidelines for when to refer a client or fellow Red Cross worker to a Disaster Mental Health worker. Participants engage in practice exercises and a review of the course content. All Red Cross disaster responders are strongly encouraged to take Psychological First Aid.
Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals introduces the key concepts, knowledge and skills required of a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health (DMH) worker. The purpose of Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals is to prepare Disaster Mental Health-eligible workers to provide for and respond to the psychosocial and emotional needs of people throughout the disaster cycle of preparedness, response and recovery. This training will provide participants with the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world examples that reflect challenges experienced by Disaster Mental Health responders.
About the Presenters
Jill Hofman, LMFT has been with the American Red Cross for over 35 years, and has been deployed internationally seven times, working in war zones, as well as disaster sites. Jill is retired from Behavioral Health where she worked for 25 years. She has also worked for Family Service Agency and as Associate Staff at UCSF Medical Center. She has been on the Training Task Force for County of Santa Cruz and has taught at Middlebury Institute of International Studies and workshops at UCSC. Jill has written published works on Ground Zero and on children in disaster shelters. She is a recipient of the Clara Barton Award and has been a licensed MFT for over 40 years. She is currently Coordinator of Disaster Mental Health Team for Red Cross in Monterey and San Benito counties.
Jennifer Winship, LCSW has been volunteering with the Alameda County Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team since 2003 and is the current Alameda County Disaster Mental Health lead. Jennifer, who specializes in working with first responders and crime victims, worked for Alameda County Behavioral Health Services for twenty years in a variety of settings including the County Trauma Unit, Psychiatric Emergency room, Mobile Crisis Team, and as a team leader of a multi-disciplinary county mental health team. Jennifer has also served as a Subject Matter Expert with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for the past eleven years. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Oakland, provides clinical supervision and is a Licensed Professional Fiduciary and Nationally Certified Guardian.
Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress. Upon completion of the Psychological First Aid training, participants will be able to:
- Name three factors that affect the stress response in disaster relief workers and their clients.
- Outline the principles of psychological first aid.
- Describe the guidelines for when to refer a client or fellow Red Cross worker to a Disaster Mental Health worker.
Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals Part 2. Upon completion of the Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals training, participants will be able to:
- Describe the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health mission, values, ethics, cultural competencies, assumptions and eligibility criteria.
- Explain the legal and ethical implications of disaster mental health work.
- Explain how the stress of experiencing disaster impacts survivors (both adults and children) and responders.
- Describe and apply the three elements of Red Cross Disaster Mental Health intervention and identify which mental health interventions are not Red Cross-approved.
- Describe and apply how staff mental health is provided to Red Cross employees and volunteers.
Continuing education credit will be provided for licensed psychologists, LMFT’s, LCSW’s, and LPCC’s by Girls Incorporated of Alameda County (GIAC). GIAC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GIAC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.