Wild fires, earthquakes and flooding regularly devastate large parts of California. For those of you living and working in affected communities, CAMFT and CV CAMFT hope that you, your colleagues, and loved ones are all safe.
Professional training in crisis intervention and disaster mental health is proving to be crucial to the support MFTs can provide to communities experiencing shock, fear, and grief. If you are interested in how to become involved professionally, please explore the Crisis Response Education & Resources Committee’s web pages for suggested trainings and workshops to hone your skills. Be sure to also join the Crisis Response Development Group on the CAMFT Community to receive email updates from the Committee and to network online with other therapists interested in disaster intervention work.
The loss and devastation following a natural disaster can linger in the community long after the crisis itself has passed. Please see the links below for helpful resource materials compiled by CAMFT’s Crisis Response Education & Resources Committee (CRERC) to reference while helping those in need deal with the mental and emotional aftershocks of wildfires.
If you are interested in helping, please click the following link to State CAMFT’s website
and learn how to get trained to become eligible to do Disaster Mental Health Response work.
For more information on evacuations, shelters, and school/road closures:
Ventura County Emergency Alert System:
Nixle Alert System:
Text your zip code to 888777
Here are some helpful PDFs that you can download, print, and keep:
Common Reactions to Critical Incident.pdf
Psychological First Aid What To Do.pdf
CPI Crisis De-Escalation Tips.pdf
Tips for Talking with Children.pdf
Crisis Intervention What is Not Helpful.pdf