Training to Help Trauma Survivors

We now have the new Disaster Spiritual Care Training manual and slides ready to use. This is a Faith Based Disaster Response plan that will provide spiritual support to survivors of trauma and disasters. This is designed to meet needs of the Texas VOAD and the training is consistent with the guidelines established by the National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee.

The attached slides are an update given to the Texas VOAD on 28 March 2017. DSC Update

Disaster Spiritual Care Training

This is the link to the new training slides and the training manual.  The information at this link is for DSC trainers and members of the DSC Committe. Those needing to view this training can e-mail for a password.  Click this link TCRT Training

This is an Agenda proposed for the Disaster Spiritual Care (DSC) Training: disaster-spiritual-care-agenda

Would you like to host a DSC training in your area?  If so contact Dan Franklin at or at 210-842-8221.

Planned Training:

Basic Disaster Spiritual Care Training (24 hours) 7-9 June 2017, San Antonio, TX

Location: San Antonio Emergency Operations Center, 8130 Inner Circle Dr., San Antonio, TX 78235

Time: 8:00 to 5:00

Publicity Flyer: Information Flyer 7-9 Jun 2017 Training

Training Schedule: Disaster Spiritual Care Agenda San Antonio

Register at: You can still register, but do not use the registration link. Contact Dan Franklin at if you want to attend.

Training for Trainers 8-10 August 2017, Dallas, TX 

For information on training contact

Basic Disaster Spiritual Care Training Fall Semester 2017, Dallas Baptist University

This is for M.A. students of the Chaplaincy Program at DBU. Registration is thru DBU University. Instructor for the course is Dr. Bobby Smith.

Basic Disaster Spiritual Care Training (Part 1) 19-22 Sep 2017  San Antonio, TX

This is part of the annual Chaplaincy Training Conference for Texas Baptist Chaplaincy.

Registration is thru the Texas Baptist Chaplaincy Training Registration site at:

Basic Disaster Spiritual Care Training (24 Hours) 28-30 Sep 2017 San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Baptist Association

Flyer for Training: Information Flyer

Click here for registration information: DSC Registration Form

Basic Disaster Spiritual Care Training (24 Hours) Early 2018  Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Planning for a training is in beginning stages. Will announce more as soon as details are known.

Training Conducted in 2017

24 Jan 2017 – Disaster Spiritual Care Introduction (5 hours) at Alpine, TX

16 Mar 2017 – Disaster Spiritual Care Introduction (7 hours) at San Angelo, TX

8-10 May 2017 – DSC Training of Trainers at Dallas, TX

FEMA Training

Team members are expected to complete the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training required of all disaster responders.  These free on-line courses are valuable in helping disaster responders understand the operational organization and language of disaster response.  All of the online training is intended to be “open book”.  This is accomplished by printing the test questions before taking a course.  All team members are required to take the FEMA IS-100 course and encouraged to take the 200, 300, 700 and 800 courses. Spiritual Care Team Leaders are expected to take the 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 courses.

Please note that these courses change and sometimes the website location is moved.  Please inform us if you have problems.

Team Leaders are required to take the FEMA ICS 300 Course and encouraged to take the FEMA ICS 400 Course. These are 3 day resident courses. There is no cost to attend. Taking these courses is also an expectation of the National VOAD standards for Emotional and Spiritual Care for leaders of Spiritual Care Teams. These courses are required for emergency personnel such as fire and police officers and other emergency managers. Taking these courses will help the Spiritual Care Team Leaders to better understand the workings of Emergency Coordinators during disasters. For the schedule and to sign up for these courses go to: