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The Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote the development and application of practice, research, and training in disaster mental health, Critical Incident Stress Management, traumatology and other emergency response interventions and the promotion of community awareness. This includes hazards vulnerability and mitigation research.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the Institute is to provide a forum for presentation of research results, education, training and consultation in Disaster Mental Health Services (DMHS) and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing/Critical Incident Stress Management (CISD/CISM), advances in delivery of DMHS and CISD/CISM, discussion and sharing of information, ideas and plans, development of a DMHS and CISD/CISM research and service delivery network, presentation of Continuing Education training for mental health professionals and first responders and chaplains, training for newly recruited DMHS and CISD/CISM volunteers and first responders, and publication of program proceedings and papers as appropriate for dissemination to DMHS and CISD/CISM professionals and first responders locally, regionally and nationally.

SIGNIFICANCE:

Mental Health Services before, during and following disasters, critical incidents, crises, and terrorist activities are becoming an integral part of disaster and critical incident preparedness, mitigation, response, and follow-up. Disaster Mental Health Services is a relatively new field which has expanded significantly within the past ten years. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Critical Incident Stress Management has been around since the early 1980s. In order to continue to grow and meet identified needs, both will require continued development as well as focused research. Research will help identify how Mental Health Services can best be utilized as well as how relevant changes need to be made in practice. Networking and sharing experiences can also help develop resources.

The long-term goal includes training emergency Disaster Mental Health teams and CISM teams to conduct interventions for corporations, states and municipalities in the Rocky Mountain region and to evaluate their effectiveness in reducing the effects of trauma on first responders and others.



CALL FOR PAPERS:

"HURRICANES and TSUNAMIS:Where Do We Go From Here?"


For Details, CLICK HERE

Estes Park, Colorado: October, 2005

The following are some of the suggested topic areas for the Tsunami as well as the hurricanes:

History and Background
Infrastructure
Social Structures
Political concerns
Economies
Cultural concerns
Religious considerations
Response modes
Communication
Mitigation
Medical
Psychological
Geography
Technology
Ethnicity
Science
Families
Children
Others

For those who have an interest in submitting papers or other presentations to this conference, please contact: rockymountain@mail2emergency.com Any questions, comments, suggestions, funding sources, and/or other information or concerns are all welcome.

Contact: rockymountain@mail2emergency.com