UMCOR Care Team Training
The idea of a Care Team is to:
Reach out from the faith community; Care Teams help disaster survivors connect with their personal and community spiritual, emotional, and basic life resources.
The purpose of a care team is:
To show the church cares, offering a listening presence; to reduce the terrible aloneness survivors feel; to connect survivors with long-term disaster recovery systems, gathering information and providing support and information about the recovery process and available services.
Standardized UMCOR Training is required:
All Care Team members are required to complete a standardized training offered by UMCOR. Additional training is encouraged.
The basic training includes:
Basics of spiritual and emotional care and theology following disasters;
Disaster trauma and the long-term disaster recovery process,
The phases of disaster and stages of trauma recovery,
Common and not-so-common reactions to stress,
Practical stress reduction ideas;
Congregational and community trauma;
Caring for the caregiver;
Meeting with survivors,
Disaster emotional and spiritual care ethics,
Strategies for handling difficult situations,
When, where and how to refer survivors for further care,
Defusing and basic crisis intervention strategies.