American Red Cross of Omaha Council Bluffs Metro

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Jill Orton
Main Address:
2912 S 80th Ave.
Omaha, NE 68124
Volunteer Opportunity:

Becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team Member

Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteers

Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer teams are active throughout the United States, meeting the emotional and psychosocial needs of disaster survivors and fellow Red Cross disaster workers. These teams respond to disasters of all sizes, from single family home fires to large-scale events.

If you are interested in joining a Disaster Mental Health team in your community, register to volunteer now, before a disaster occurs. This will give you time to take required courses and become acquainted with the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health program.

Becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team Member
What does a Disaster Mental Health team do?
• Respond to the immediate emotional distress and psychosocial needs of disaster survivors and Red Cross disaster responders.
• Supplement local mental health resources during times of disaster.
• Support the community in building resilience.
How do Disaster Mental Health interventions differ from most mental health interventions?
Disaster Mental Health interventions are short-term and can range from as little as five minutes of support to a much longer period. Client engagement will occur once or twice, but generally no more than three times. The most effective contact will often involve psychological first aid, problem solving, facilitating the use of good coping skills, psychoeducation and task-centered activities to address basic needs and reduce stress.
After I’m trained how can I help?
• Become a Disaster Action Team member (respond to local home fires)
• Provide Disaster Mental Health support to disaster survivors in your community
• Prepare Red Cross disaster relief workers for out-of-state assignments, support their families while they’re gone and provide post-deployment support to workers returning from national assignments.
• Become a Red Cross Disaster Instructor
• Participate in community preparedness activities such as the Home Fire Campaign
• Build and strengthen local community partnerships
• If interested, be available for national deployments
Who is eligible to become a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer?
Current Psychiatric Nurses with:
• A current, unencumbered state license as a registered nurse
• A minimum of 2 years of experience working in a psychiatric setting
Mental Health Professionals with:
• A Master’s Degree AND
• A Current, Unencumbered License or Certification in any US State or Territory as a:
o Social worker
o Psychologist
o Professional counselor
o Marriage and family therapist
o Psychiatrist
o School psychologist
o School counselor
Recently retired mental health professionals or psychiatric nurses (within the last 5 years)


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Skills Needed

Client Relations
Counseling & Mentoring
Medical Services


Repeats every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until Mon Jun 29 2020.

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