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Tuesday, April 17

American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Seeks Disaster Mental Health Partners

From the the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago:

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is well underway planning for a potential response to a disaster during the NATO summit. As we work on our volunteer staffing, we are reaching out to our mental health partners organizations to provide supplemental support.
We are looking for partner agencies to work with Red Cross Disaster Mental Health (DMH) staff to provide support in the event that we open shelters.  Partner groups that participate will be asked to form a team of approximately 6 volunteers (including 1 lead/point of contact) and sign up for ‘on call’ shifts between  5/18/2012-5/22/2012.  
The Red Cross requires that Disaster Mental Health Volunteers have one of the following credentials: LCSW, LCPC, Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Nurse, Marriage and Family Therapist, School Counselor Certificate/Type 73, or graduate student with an on-sight supervisor (no more than 5 students to a supervisor).
We ask that your agency ensure that your volunteers meet these requirements and have been background checked prior to working directly with clients. 
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago will be presenting a seminar for Mental Health Volunteers on May 5th, 2012 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  This seminar will include the Red Cross Foundations of Disaster Mental Health Course & Psychological First Aid. Once have identified you as a partner for the NATO event we will provide you with more information for this course offering. 

If you are interested in participating as a partner agency or have any questions, contact the NASW Illinois Chapter office at office [at] naswil [dot] org.

Posted on 04/17/12 at 12:06 PM


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