The mission of the Crisis Response Education and Response Committee is to promote member participation in disaster mental health and crisis response. The Committee Assists members seeking to become better prepared and trained by guiding them towards educational opportunities, materials, and resources designed to mitigate the negative psychological effects of disasters and critical incidents.
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The function of the Crisis Response Education and resource Committee is to provide information and trainings to CAMFT members about disaster mental health and crisis response related resources, to oversee the Association's participation in the California Disaster Mental Health Coalition, and to encourage members to develop relationships with response organizations and agencies that have a need for disaster mental health services in their local community. See Committee Description.
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In response to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area
the Marin County Chapter of CAMFT formed their Disaster Mental Health Response
Team and began training their members in crisis response. Following the 9-11
terrorist attacks CAMFT leadership consulted with the Marin County Chapter and
the Trauma Response Network Task Force was formed to assess the training needs
of the CAMFT membership. In September 2008 the CAMFT Board supported the Task
Force recommendation to establish the Trauma Response Network (TRN) Committee
to prepare members for community service following a crisis.
The TRN Committee established the CAMFT in the Eye of the Storm - Disaster
Mental Health course and identified the American Red Cross Disaster Mental
Health Foundation and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
CISM Group Crisis Intervention as required trainings to give participants the
unique knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, effective service to
the community in the aftermath of a disaster or crisis and to receive the TRN
Training Certificate of Completion. Local Chapters designated TRN Chapter Coordinators
to encourage interest and training in disaster response.
In 2012 the CAMFT Board changed the Trauma Response Network Committee to the
Crisis Response Education and Resource Committee (CRERC) to better meet the
needs of more CAMFT members. The purpose of the Committee now is to assist
members to increase knowledge, improve skills, access resources, and provide
service in the specialized field of crisis response