Crisis Management enrolments about to close

November 12, 2009 by J-Wire Staff
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A two-day training program on group crisis intervention is to be held in Sydney by the Jewish Emergency Management Program (JEMP) in conjunction with Friends of Communal Security.

While the training is open to leaders or representatives of all communal organisations, it will be most relevant to social workers and psychologists from Jewish communal organisations and schools, as well as those in private practice or who work in mental health or education fields.

At the conclusion of the training, facilitators will work with all participants to develop a plan for the entire community.

JEMP NSW Executive Director Yair Miller said: “As part of our communal preparation for dealing with any mass casualty incident or disaster that affects the NSW Jewish community, there is a need for a community-wide approach in the areas of mental health and critical incident stress management.

“One of the key factors is that members of the community affected by such an event would be receiving support from multiple sources, such as a school, a rabbi and JewishCare.”

The dates for the training are December 9 and 10. The cost will be $250. Applications close on November 14.

Added Miller: “There will be a requirement for participants representing a Jewish organisation to undertake to return to their workplace and promote awareness of the need for a comprehensive crisis management program.

“This will include the development of a workplace response plan. This will ensure that each institution, as well as the entire community, derives maximum benefit.”

The training will be facilitated by clinical psychologist Monica Kleinman, who has been involved in the school and emergency services sectors and co-authored Responding to Critical Incidents in Schools, which has been used in NSW schools.

The program enables certification from the Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation of Australia (CISMFA) under the auspices of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). The ICISF is an officially accredited NGO to the United Nations.

The program offers a model of critical incident stress management. A wide range of crisis intervention services is described, including pre- and post-crisis education, crisis intervention for individuals, demobilisation for personnel, crisis management briefings after large-scale traumatic incidents, and small-group support.

Inquiries: nsw@jemp.org.au or 9360-1600.

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