The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The purpose of this position is to be on-call to provide Disaster Mental Health services to clients and community in support of a Disaster Action Team (DAT) event such as a house fire in case of injuries or fatalities.
The Disaster Mental Health DAT Responder for Kauai - Central will ensure:
Disaster Mental Health services are provided to clients, Red Cross responders and the community throughout Kauai - Central effected by a DAT event.
Support and collaborate with other disaster functions before, during and after a disaster by acting as a subject matter expert.
Help clients find resources to meet future mental health needs resulting from the event.
Perform client casework, as needed
Must hold any level license or registration as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, or psychiatrist (including non-clinical licenses such as Licensed Masters Social Worker or LMSW)
May be a retired mental health professional who:
Meet the educational criteria for their specific profession;
Held a license (any level license) from any U.S. state or territory as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse or psychiatrist, or a certificate as a school psychologist or school counselor, within the 5 years prior to on-boarding as a Disaster Mental Health DAT Responder; and
Maintained a license or certification in good standing upon retirement and without any disciplinary action taken by the issuing U.S. state or territory licensing or certification board.
Ability to be part of a team demonstrating traits of honesty, forward looking, competence, intelligence and compassion. The Disaster Mental Health DAT Responder understands how they fit into the larger DCS and DAT structure and how their actions can positively influence and support the DCS Program.