Due to COVID 19 our May 21 Event is postponed...
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If you registered please go to eventbrite and ask for a refund.
Be safe! 
Disaster Chaplaincy & Mental Health Training Seminars 
May 21, 2020
Disaster Chaplains Association is hosting a Disaster Chaplain’s one day seminar related to deepening our understanding of what it means to respond to an individual or family’s emotional and spiritual needs after a disaster.  
Our speakers from the world of faith as well as healthcare professionals will bring together current understanding of spiritual/emotional needs as well as mental health needs after all hazard disasters. These professionals will share their understanding of the disaster trauma mental health on survivor recovery and offer insights regarding how both the faith based and the mental health communities can work in partnership after disasters. 
In addition various disaster response organizations will be invited to set up tables so that after lunch, attendees will get to know what other groups are doing in the disaster arena. 

"The Journey of Healing after a Disaster or Tragedy: 
A look at the Role of Spiritual Care and Mental Health"


9:15 Registration

9:30-9:45 Welcome/Overview

9:-45-11 Panel  Discussion   "The Essential Role of Behavioral Health and Spiritual Care in Disasters’ 


Representatives from FEMA, MA Dept. of Mental Health, Riverside Trauma, and the Disaster Chaplain Association will participate in the panel.  Discussion topics will include reviewing recent disaster responses,  identifying gap needs, collaborations between agencies, new initiatives for expanding services, and best practices from the field will be shared in this panel.    
11am-11:15   Break
11:15 am-12:15   "Dealing with Predators"    Dr. Christina Belogour

The chaos and vulnerabilities that disasters create unfortunately are also a predators' ideal opportunity. In this information session, we will focus on the shocking data on human trafficking, learn the various types of human trafficking,  identify context specific trafficking signs and symptoms, and discuss reporting and advocacy measures in the context of a disaster as well as dealing with predatory behaviour in the local faith based communities.

12:15-1:15       Lunch & Marketplace:  Get to know other Disaster Response Organizations  

1:15-2:15 pm  "Comprehensive Active Shooter and Crisis Planning"          Meghan Gomes, Deputy Director

                                                                                                                          Worcester Emergency Management

Worcester Emergency Management is one of the state leads in developing a comprehensive multi-agency preparedness plan for dealing with active shooters as well as other crisis loss of life. There will be a presentation on the different phases of this project, as well as the key role Disaster Behavioral health and Chaplaincy has in each phase.

2:15-2:30 Wrap up 
To register for this event go to :
The cost for this workshop is $35.00 plus $3.77 for eventbrite...total $38.77 
Lunch is provided as well as free parking. This will take place at the Salvation Army Headquarters in Canton, MA.  The time will be 9:15 to 2:30pm. All Faiths are welcome.  Emergency Managers, Metal Health Providers, Chaplains and Clergy are encouraged to attend.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Building Spiritual Strength: Treatment Techniques for Moral Injury

8:00 AM  4:00 PM

Manchester Vet Center  1461 Hooksett Rd, B7Hooksett NH 03106 (map)


Building Spiritual Strength is a seminar to teach participants how to lead an empirically supported treatment for healing moral injury. The treatment is an eight session spiritually integrated model designed for veterans “who will not access conventional mental health services.”  This program is being sponsored by the Brookfield Institute.   


Registration is for clergy only and is very limited. Click here to register.


Trainer: J. Irene Harris, Ph.D., Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital

J. Irene Harris. PhD, LP from the Bedford MA. VA has done research in the psychology of religion for over 20 years, focusing on trauma for the last 15 years. She has written over 30 publications in peer-reviewed research literature. 

Dr. Harris has developed the model over 15 years of working with healing models for spiritual distress among veterans.


Cost: $100 for clergy and other professionals


Social work continuing education credits are available.

Registration here is limited to clergy and space is limited.


Questions? Call 413-563-7282 or email: jennifer@brookfieldinstitute.org

June 23,2020

IDMH Conference


"Promoting Responder Resilience: Mental Health in the Public Safety and Disaster Workforce” on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  


The conference will be hosted at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. For more information go to:  


FEMA VTTX Sept 23, 2020...stay tuned
What would happen if there was a bombing and a active shooter event at a local college football game?  How would you chaplains respond?  Are they adequately trained to deal with the emotional and spiritual needs of those who went through that trauma?  This web based (And VTTX)  training  program will be available across the country.
Please contact Fred Meade at fredmeade@aol.com  for more information. 

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