Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress is dedicated to advancing trauma-informed knowledge, leadership, and methodologies. The Center’s work addresses a wide scope of trauma exposure from the consequences of combat, operations other than war, terrorism, natural and human-caused disasters, and public health threats.
The mission of Citizen Corps, according to its website, is “to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.”
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
The mission of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, according to its website, is “to provide leadership, education, training, consultation, and support services in comprehensive crisis intervention and disaster behavioral health services to the emergency response professions, other organizations, and communities worldwide.”
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
According to its mission statement, “ISTSS is an international, interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes knowledge about traumatic stress. This knowledge includes: understanding the scope and consequences of traumatic exposure, preventing traumatic events and ameliorating their consequences, and advocating for the field of traumatic stress.”
National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)
The NCPTSD aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. veterans through research, education, and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders. The NCPTSD also offers many children- and youth-related resources, including fact sheets and assessment tools.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The mission of the NCTSN, according to its website, is “to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States.” NCTSN offers numerous trauma-, disaster-, and terrorism-related resources that are available for multiple audiences, including parents, educators, professionals, and the media.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.
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American Association of Suicidology
The American Association of Suicidology promotes suicide prevention and intervention research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals, volunteers, and suicide survivors. This website offers an online directory of suicide survivor support groups.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
This website offers an online directory of suicide survivor support groups. AFSP has partnered with the National Institute of Mental Health to participate in a workshop addressing research on survivors of suicide, including the role of first responders in working with survivors.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST is a 2-day training program that teaches participants how to assist those at risk for suicide.
Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline is the nation’s first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free helpline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline’s website provides information on disaster distress in addition to a brochure and wallet card.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. When someone the helpline, his or her call is routed to the nearest crisis center. The Lifeline’s national network, consisting of more than 150 local crisis centers, provides crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Institute for Suicide Prevention
QPR is a suicide prevention training for participants to be able to recognize the warning signs of suicide and “question, persuade, and refer” people at risk for suicide for help.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
The mission of SAVE, according to its website, is “to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma, and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.”
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
According to its website, the SPRC provides “technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide.”
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
Yellow Ribbon provides trainings in suicide prevention, and collaborates with community support networks to reduce the stigma of suicide.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA)
Established by Congress in 1992 and branched under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA is charged with reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in the United States.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA DTAC)
SAMHSA DTAC supports the efforts of states, territories, tribes, and local entities to be prepared, so they are better able to deliver an effective behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) response to disasters. SAMHSA DTAC provides guidance pertaining to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program by facilitating information exchange and knowledge brokering by connecting technical assistance requestors to their peers and experts in the field. Last, SAMHSA DTAC has useful print and electronic materials in the Resource Collection about disaster behavioral health preparedness and response.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS is the U.S. Government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is the U.S. Government’s principal agency charged with building and supporting the nation's emergency management system.
National Council for Community Behavioral Health
The mission of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, according to its website, is “to champion opportunities that advance our members’ability to deliver proactive and holistic healthcare services.”
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American Red Cross Psychological First Aid Training
This American Red Cross disaster training is made available for free to volunteers who sign up at their local Red Cross chapter.
Citizen Corps: IS-317 Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
This online training is the first step for individuals who are interested in being involved in a Community Emergency Response Team program. The website notes that in order to become a volunteer, individuals must also complete a classroom training offered by a local government agency.
CPT Web is a web-based learning course for cognitive processing therapy.
CTG Web is a web-based learning course for using trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for childhood traumatic grief.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Online Courses
FEMA offers free independent study courses that can be completed for continuing education units. Courses cover topics such as emergency preparedness, developing and managing volunteers, and the Incident Command System.
Helping Heroes is a web-based training course divided into 10 training modules of cognitive behavioral treatment for providers who serve firefighters, first responder populations, and their families.
Johns Hopkins Public Health Preparedness Programs: Mental Health Preparedness Trainings
The Johns Hopkins Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center has developed a variety of mental health preparedness trainings that are available online.
Massachusetts Environmental Health Association Disaster Behavioral Health Training
The Association has developed several disaster behavioral health trainings that are available online.
Mental Health First Aid (USA)
The Mental Health First Aid program, according to its website, is “an interactive session which. . .introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.”
Psychological First Aid Online (PFA Online)
According to its online description, PFA Online is an “interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors.”
TF-CBT Web is “free web-based training course for learning Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for traumatic stress.”
TF-CBT Consult is a consultation tool for trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy.
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Last updated 2/24/2014
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