URGENT NEED: Red Cross Licensed Mental Health Professional

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ORGANIZATION: The American Red Cross - Southern California Region


Whether fostering a positive culture in disaster shelters, being a patient listener for someone who needs to talk about what they've gone through or even spotting early signs of traumatic stress that can be referred for specialist care, Disaster mental health volunteers help create conditions where people, families and communities can rebuild after devastating events.

Experiencing a natural disaster or other emergency can be intensely stressful. Even when the immediate danger has passed, the impact can still be felt. People may feel grief or anger over the damage or loss, fear or hopelessness when thinking about rebuilding their lives, or they may simply feel overwhelmed and not know how to begin.

Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers provide that support.

  • Respond to immediate emotional distress and mitigate long-term consequences
  • Augment the community's mental health resources, rather than replace them
  • Serve the community in preparedness activities and recovery programs
  • Provide approved Disaster mental health interventions
  • Help other disaster responders manage their stress within the disaster environment in consultation with Red Cross leadership
  • Are available to assist in all types of responses

  • Must be fully vaccinated with required supporting documentation. Note that fully vaccinated means at least two weeks after the final dose of vaccine.
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Farsi, etc. (preferred but not required)
  • 3 hours of self-paced online training
  • Master's Degree and current license or certification in any US State or territory as a:
    • Social Worker
    • Psychologist
    • professional Counselor
    • Marriage and Family therapist
    • Psychiatrist
    • School psychologist
    • School counselor
  • Current Psychiatric Nurses with:
    • State license as a registered nurse
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a psychiatric setting
  • Retired Mental Health Professionals
    • 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 worker; 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.

Call, text or email: Karla Legorreta, Recruitment Specialist Karla.Legorreta@redcross.org (714) 380-7263

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About The American Red Cross - Southern California Region


600 Parkcenter Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92705, US

Mission Statement

to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.


to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.


Health & Medicine
Immigrants & Refugees
Community, Health & Medicine, Immigrants & Refugees


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Multiple locations Laguna Hills, CA 92637



  • Community Outreach
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Family Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Psychology


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible (be on-call and respond based on your availablity)
  • 3 hours of self-paced online training

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