The Salem County Health and Human Services Department needs volunteers who want to become part of an emergency response team to provide psychological first aid as disaster crisis counselors.

Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Volunteers will be trained through a state program in disaster response, disaster behavioral health, and crisis counseling, among other topics. Volunteers will receive technical support and the knowledge necessary to provide psychological first aid, information, and referral.

Volunteers do not have to have a background in mental health counseling.

Salem County is partnering with Gloucester County to offer the four-course training certificate. Training will take place at sites in Mullica Hill and Pennsville. Classes begin March 2.

To register for this training, visit: njdisasterresponsecrisiscounselor.org

All four training courses are required for certification and are free of charge:

  • Introduction to Disaster and Trauma Counseling
    Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
    Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location: Gloucester County Library
    389 Wolfert Station Road
    Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
     
  • Key Concepts in Psychological First Aid
    Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location: Gloucester County Library
    389 Wolfert Station Road
    Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
     
  • Cross Cultural Issues in Disaster Response and Recovery
    Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location: Queen of Apostles Church
    391 South Broadway
    Pennsville, NJ 08070
     
  • Ethical Issues in Crisis Response
    Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location: Queen of Apostles Church
    391 South Broadway
    Pennsville, NJ 08070