Alex Ursel

The Details

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Ellers
Date: Friday, March 19, 2010, 1:00pm – 8:30pm & Saturday, March 20, 2010, 8:00am – 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Campus (720 13th Ave S Mpls, MN  55415)
Course Fee: $ 70.00
Register online. (Payment may be made offline, but registration must happen online.)
Ministry Training Contacts: Alex Ursel 612-205-1250; Paul Haas 612-730-1221

You must attend all sessions to receive certification.

Crisis Caregiver Training

The purpose of this advanced level course is to enhance the skills of clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals, and trained crisis responders to provide effective emotional and spiritual care (ESC) to meet the disaster-related needs of disaster responders and disaster affected families and individuals within disaster operations.

This course builds on the crisis intervention principles taught in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) core courses to effectively integrate these principles within ESC teams for appropriate care throughout the disaster continuum from the immediate to long-term recovery process.

Who should attend?

Those intending to participate in Bethlehem Baptist Church's Crisis Response Team ministry, or are interested in using faith-based resources in an organized crisis response.  Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support is not a prerequisite, but should be taken in conjunction with ESC in Disasters.

Course Objectives

  • Articulate the role of the ES caregiver from one’s own faith tradition and the elements of ESC provided in a pluralistic disaster environment.
  • Clearly define the role and function of the emotional and spiritual caregiver within the incident command system and disaster relief operation.
  • Identify the physical, psychological, emotional, behavioral, interpersonal and spiritual impact of disasters
  • Provide emotional and spiritual care to disaster survivors, first responders and relief workers through a multifaceted range of ESC interventions within a multi-phasic continuum of the post trauma/disaster aftermath.
  • Assess ones own suitability to provide ESC within the trauma and disaster context.
  • Identify a personal self-care plan for maintaining one’s own emotional, physical and spiritual health during deployment.

Course Credit

14-contact-hour course with ICISF: International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
1.3 general continuing education units with the University of Maryland

Trainer Biography

Dr. Kevin Ellers is the Territorial Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army in the U.S.A. Central Territory. He is also president of the Institute for Compassionate Care which is dedicated to education, training and direct care. 

He is an associate chaplain with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, serves as faculty for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors Crisis Response Training Team. 
He has extensive training and experience in crisis response, disasters, chaplaincy, pastoral ministries, marriage and family therapy, and social services and as an author and speaker teaches broadly in these related topics.  

Kevin holds a B.R.E. from God's Bible College in Cincinnati, a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and a Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Therapy from Denver Theological Seminary.


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