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
Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Farsi, etc. (preferred but not required)
Master's Degree and current license or certification in any US State or territory as a:
Marriage and Family therapist
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