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U.S. Crisis Care Network

The U.S. Crisis Care Network offers training and technical assistance to organizations that are developing crisis care programs, and training and certification to organizations that already operate such programs. The network, administered by Community Chaplaincy, Inc., a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization, works with local law enforcement agencies to organize, train, and manage teams of civilian volunteers to provide immediate on-scene support to citizens who have been traumatized by a homicide, suicide, traffic collision, child death, or other tragedy.

Working with the U.S. Department of Justice, the network modified and expanded its curriculum to include guidance on responding to incidents of mass violence. Topics covered in the training curriculum include—

  • An overview of the grief process.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Appropriate responses to victims and survivors.
  • Death notification.
  • Working with children and adolescents.
  • Working with people with disabilities.
  • Working with diverse cultures.
  • Responding to large-scale incidents.
  • Secondary trauma.
  • Self-care for responders.

The revised curriculum has been adopted by some of the largest crisis care programs in the country. For more information, visit the U.S. Crisis Care Network Web site.

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