Crisis Response

Crisis Response Education and Resources Program


We hope that all members of our association, from the new initiate to the seasoned professional, will find the information contained herein helpful both personally and professionally. We want to support your professional development in crisis response by expanding your knowledge base, improving your skills, and directing you to opportunities to gain experience serving your community. We encourage you to become part of the CAMFT Crisis Response Professional Development Group, which will allow us to build a community of LMFT crisis responders by sharing ideas, interesting seminars, and field experiences. Do not hesitate to contact Michele Champion, Chapter Outreach Coordinator, for help and assistance.



The purpose of the Crisis Response Education and Response Program is to promote member participation in disaster mental health and crisis response and assist 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. In addition, the program manages the Association's participation in the California Disaster Mental Health Coalition and encourages members to develop relationships with response organizations and agencies that have a need for disaster mental health services in their local community.


Organization & Navigating

The aim of these webpages is to support professional development in the field of crisis response by informing members about the mission of the Crisis Response Education and Resources program, presenting historical perspective and foundational concepts, emphasizing the difference between crisis intervention and psychotherapy, suggesting steps for getting started, and delivering current resources for increasing knowledge, enhancing skills, and gaining experience. There are five major sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. History
  3. Foundational Concepts
  4. Steps for Getting Started, and
  5. Resources

You may access the content in order, by selecting areas of interest from the menu on each page, or from the Site Map below.

The following table illustrates the organization of information. The “History” section contains a summary of the interesting history and recognition of CAMFT members who have served on the various committees. Foundational concepts from the “Crisis Response & Disaster Mental Health” section are central to the understanding of the imperative difference between crisis intervention and treatment. The “Steps for Getting Started” section recommends actions professionals should consider to becoming skilled and knowledgeable in crisis response. The “Resources” section continues to expand as additional resources are identified.