Disaster Chaplain Training:
Disaster Chaplain & Religious Lit/Comp Trainings

• Training: New York City, NY • April 29-May 1, 2019  (Closed)
• Training: Sewanee, TN • July 15-17, 2019  (Closed)
• Training: Houston, TX • September 21-23 2019 (Invitation Only)
• Training: New York City, NY • November 11-13, 2019  (Register Now)

Disaster Chaplain Trainings

• Atlanta Airport Chaplains, Atlanta, GA • Jan. 25-25, 2019 (Invitation Only) 
• School of Theology, Sewanee, TN • Feb. 1-2, 2019 (Invitation Only) 
• Atlantic Institute: Jacksonville, FL • March 18-19, 2019  (Closed)
• Lancaster County VOAD, Lititz, PA • March 26-27, 2019  (Closed)

The one-day course comprises 6 modules, as below.  (participants must take one pre-requisites online course, prior to the receiving a certificate for this training; FEMA IS 100.c (Incident Command System).

The two-day course comprises four 4-hour modules, covering disaster operations, disaster spiritual care, disaster mental health, and self-care for caregivers.  (If only taking the two-day Disaster Chaplain Training, participants must take two pre-requisites online courses prior to the receiving a certificate for this training; IS 100.b (Incident Command System) and, IS 505 (Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster).

Religious Literacy & Competency in Crisis Settings (Only in the COMBO)
  • Tools & Resources for Engaging Faith Communities throughout the Disaster
  • Faith Communities as a Cornerstone of Whole Communities
  • The Value, Landscape, and Language of Faith Communities in Disasters
  • Ten Field Skills for Successful Engagement
  • Engaging Faith Communities through the LEADER Process
  • Building a Databank of Local Faith Communities
Disaster Chaplaincy - 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
  • Disaster human services operations and disaster site operations
  • Practice in applying principles of spiritual and emotional care in various disaster scenarios

Disaster Chaplaincy - Mental Health
Introduction; Impact of Disaster; Response and Reaction

  • Phases of psychological reaction to disaster and impact on behaviors, thoughts, & 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
Disaster Chaplaincy - Self-Care:  
The 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, support systems that monitor, nourish and maintain self-care

1) Be over 21. And, be clergy, or, a credentialed religious 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 in an institutional setting.

2) Written endorsement on letterhead or direct email by the most judicatory official of your faith community (Bishop, Board President, etc.) or the most supervisor from institution (Chief of Police, Senior Hospital Chaplain).

3) Completion of the on-line FEMA IS 100.c course on the Incident Command System. (Submit a copy of the Certificate awarded)

Pre-requisites (only if taking Disaster Chaplain course without one-day Religious Lit/Competency Course)

4) Completion of the online FEMA IS 505 course in Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster (Submit a copy of the Certificate awarded)

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