Disaster Chaplain Training:
Disaster Chaplain Upcoming Training Courses

• Training: Framingham, MA • May 10-11  (Click to Register)
• Training: Sewanee, TN • June 7-8  (Click to Register)
• Training: Training: Atlanta, GA • July 19-20  (Invite Only)
• Training: New York City (Manhattan), NY • October 24-25, (Opens in June)
• Training: Sewanee, TN • Nov 8-9  (Opens in July)
• Training: Philadelphia, PA • November (Invite Only)

This curriculum prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to disaster sites as well as within their own communities. The course comprises four 4-hour sessions offered over two days, covering disaster operations, disaster spiritual care, disaster mental health, and self-care for caregivers.  (FEMA's on-line IS 100 course on the Incident Command System must be completed prior to this training.)

Operations & Spiritual Care: General Principles; Interventions; Sites and Specifics
  • Emotional and spiritual phases of the disaster "life cycle"
  • Spiritual First Aid:  PCAID (Presence, Connect, Assessment, Intervention, Develop Plan of Care) as an intervention appropriate in any phase of a disaster
  • Disaster human services operations and disaster site operations
  • Practice in applying principles of spiritual and emotional care in various disaster scenarios

Mental Health: Introduction; Impact of Disaster; Response and Reaction

  • Phases of psychological reaction to disaster and  impact on behaviors, thoughts, and feelings
  • Psychological First Aid as a basic intervention that does not require professional training
  • Indicators that referrals for professional mental health care may be appropriate
Self-CareThe Need and Techniques; Individual and Community Resilience
  • The need for caregivers to develop effective self-care practices
  • Practices that minimize compassion fatigue ("the cost of caring") and other stresses related to providing care in times of crisis
  • Strategies to promote recovery and resiliency, especially through support systems that monitor, nourish and maintain self-care for individuals and communities
Written endorsement by the judicatory official to whom you report. And, be a credentialed faith leader and/or currently serve in a spiritual care provider in a house of worship. Or, work as a chaplain, or a licensed pastoral counselor.

Completion of the on-line FEMA IS 100 course on the Incident Command System.
This curriculum is compliant with NIMS (National Incident Management Systems) and incorporates FEMA Incident Command System 100 training and also complies with the National VOAD* Points of Consensus for Disaster Spiritual Care.
*Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
  • Follow the Incident Command System structure, respecting the chain of command
  • Respond sensitively to the needs of ALL who are affected regardless of nationality race, religion, belief, class, or sexual orientation
  • Refrain from proselytizing, sermonizing, or promoting a particular religion or world view
  • Recognize their personal and professional limits, working closely with other disciplines such as Mental Health
  • Speak to the media only when authorized, by their team leader

This curriculum is solely licensed to NDIN and was developed by New York Disaster Interfaith Services in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development.