The Regional Synod of New York

Disaster Chaplain Training

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Disaster Chaplain Training will be held Nov. 28-29 in New York City. Religious leaders and spiritual caregivers will receive training on providing spiritual care following a disaster. There are limited spaces and registration is $145. For more information, visit the Synod website.

In this two-day training, National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) prepares ordained or credentialed religious leaders and other professional or credentialed spiritual care providers as disaster emotional and spiritual caregivers in mass care settings or within their house of worship, religious community or professional institution.

This curriculum is compliant with NIMS (National Incident Management Systems), incorporates a certificate in FEMA Incident Command System IS 100.b, and complies with the National VOAD* Points of Consensus for Disaster Spiritual Care and the Spiritual Care Guidelines.

The training will be held Tuesday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 29 from 8:30-5:00 at New York Disaster Interfaith Services, 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY. Attendance is limited to 35 participants and registration closes by November 17. The $145 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and training materials. The fee will be waived for NYC clergy who are active in Puerto Rico and USVI recovery.

NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services) and New York VOAD, through a training partnership with the NDIN invites religious leaders and spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this two-day Disaster Chaplain Training. New York City area participants who complete this certification can volunteer as disaster chaplains with NYDIS. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.

This training is designed for clergy and credentialed religious leaders, professional/institutional chaplains, and professional or credentialed spiritual caregivers. Also, Emergency Managers and disaster mental health professionals may take this course to develop their knowledge of disaster spiritual care best practices.

To register, visit this website.