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Course Title: American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services Overview and Disaster Mental Health

Do you want to learn more about becoming a Disaster Mental Health Volunteer with the American
Red Cross? This session will offer two of the four required pre-requisite courses to become a
Service Associate Disaster Mental Health Volunteer with the American Red Cross. The courses
are taught back-to-back in this session. Participants will receive a certificate for both
courses that you can take back to your local chapter for credit when you sign up to volunteer.

Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview – This 2 hour course is the first course in the Disaster
Cycle Services Curriculum and is intended to provide an overview to volunteers on the Red Cross
disaster mission and the cycle approach to disaster operations. Objectives include:

  • Identify types of needs for people impacted by a disaster.
  • List ways a community can be affected by a disaster.
  • Describe how Disaster Cycle Services fulfills the American Red Cross mission.
  • Describe the Disaster Cycle Services model and the concept of whole cycle operations.
  • Identify actions the American Red Cross takes to help individuals, families and communities prepare for emergencies.
  • Describe the services the American Red Cross provides to people and communities during the respond process.
  • Describe actions the American Red Cross takes to help clients and communities recover from disasters.
  • Identify ways the American Red Cross collaborates with community partners during disaster responses.
  • Describe the importance of volunteers to support the three core and five mission-enabling areas.
  • Describe opportunities for volunteers to engage with Disaster Cycle Services.
  • Identify the steps to volunteer with the American Red Cross.

Disaster Mental Health Introduction – This one hour course provides an overview of the mission
of Disaster Mental Health in the American Red Cross. Objectives include:

  • Recognize the Disaster Mental Health mission and how it fits into the array of Red Cross services provided by chapters and on disaster relief operations.
  • Recognize the difference between services provided as a Disaster Mental Health worker and as a mental health professional.
  • Identify the next steps for becoming a Disaster Mental Health volunteer.

This online course is available to SCPS members only.  Please contact us to RSVP

3 Hours Category 1 CME will be provided.

The Southern California Psychiatric Society (SCPS) is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SCPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

SCPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.