Current Training

National Incident Management System Independent Study Program - Current Courses. This web page contains links to the current Independent Study Program courses, many of which are required for registered disaster behavioral health volunteers in Nebraska. Volunteers should check with their regional/local volunteer coordinator for specific required courses.

Nebraska Disaster Behavioral Health NIMS Training Requirements

Position/Role IS-100 IS-200 300* 400* IS-700 IS-800 IS-775
PFA-trained responder in the field
(includes: local volunteers and most BHERT members)
Responsible for supervision of BH responders
(includes: some BHERT members, Region clinical supervisors or others that Regions or State would designate as supervisors)

Responsible for coordination of BH response
(includes: Region and State Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinators, and possibly others at the Region or State level)

*ICS-300 and ICS-400 are not offered as online independent study (IS) courses.  Local emergency managers can provide information on when these courses are offered in your area and across the state.

Training Materials

Free Curriculum Materials:
Cultural Competency for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response

Have you experienced a time when you did not know how to best serve a diverse patient population before, after, or during a disaster?  Did you know that racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to suffer worse outcomes than the general population during every phase of a disaster?

A set of courses designed to "integrate knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to cultural competency in order to help lessen racial and ethnic health care disparities brought on by disaster situations" is now available free of charge!
Hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, these courses introduce skills in real-life scenarios so that they can be more easily adopted into your own environment.
Some of the skills introduced are:

  • Working with an interpreter
  • Locating translated materials
  • Negotiating cultural differences
  • Implement the CLAS Standards into organizational policy

Please visit the website to access the courses.

Webinar (video): The Social Vulnerability Approach to Disasters
(originally presented April 1, 2013)
Provides an overview of the human, social, and economic factors that make people more vulnerable to the effects of disaster and provides a discussion of the implications for public health planners, emergency managers, and first responders.

Deployment Supports for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders Podcast
This 30-minute podcast from SAMHSA DTAC discusses how disaster behavioral health (DBH) responders and their family members can prepare for deployment by reviewing pre- and post-deployment guidelines and ways to prepare oneself and one's family members for the stress of deployment and reintegration into regular work and family life. View the podcast here.

Cultural Awareness: Children and Youth in Disasters Podcast
The goal of this 60-minute podcast from SAMHSA DTAC is to assist disaster behavioral health responders in providing culturally aware and appropriate DBH services for children, youth, and families impacted by natural and human-caused disasters. View the podcast here.

Webinar (PowerPoint only): State Disaster Behavioral Health Concepts (originally presented March 9, 2011)
Provides an overview of behavioral health disaster response, both general and specific to Nebraska: guiding principles and phases of disaster behavioral health; how a community is psychologically impacted by a disaster; and typical survivor reactions and needs that are served by disaster behavioral health.

Webinar (PowerPoint only): FEMA Crisis Counseling Program Overview (originally presented December 9, 2010)
Provides an overview of the purpose and process of applying for and implementing a FEMA Crisis Counseling Program Grant.

Robin Zagurski talks about the phases in a behavioral health disaster such as the Von Maur shootings in Omaha Nebraska. Zagurski is a clinical social worker at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's psychiatry department. Click here to see the video.

Nebraska Psychological First Aid Curriculum Thanks to Eduardo Iyaca of Argentina for the translation and Juan Paulo Ramirez of the Public Policy Center for editorial assistance.

Responding to Katrina: A Mental Health Guide To Providing Culturally Competent Mental Health Services To Evacuees And Their Support Systems

Nebraska Psychological First Aid Curriculum The link above will direct you to the registration page, please complete the survey before downloading the materials. An 8 hour training program equipping natural helpers with the critical skills necessary to provide long and short-term psychological support to survivors of critical events.

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