Training to Help Trauma Survivors

We are currently re-working how we train members of the Texas Crisis Resiliency Team. We have a committee formed to develop the training. The intent is that this will be a Faith Based Disaster Response plan that will assist churches following disasters and provide spiritual support to survivors of trauma and disasters. A major goal is also to support the needs of the Texas VOAD and the training will be consistent with the guidelines established by the National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee.

UPDATE: The Disaster Spiritual Care Committee met on 17 and 18 February and reviewed the draft modules. There are a few minor corrections and additions, but everyone was very pleased on what we have. There are still a couple of modules that are being developed, but in the next few weeks I’ll make the suggested changes to the modules we’ve developed and remove the word “Draft” from the modules.
Members of the Texas Crisis Resiliency Team will continue to respond to assist as needed while we are doing the revision of our training program.

TCRT Training

This is the new training for the Texas Crisis Resiliency Team. It is currently being developed and the link will take you to the new training slides and the training manual.  Those desiring to view this training can e-mail for a password.  Click this link TCRT Training

This is an Agenda proposed for the New TCRT Disaster Spiritual Care Training: disaster-spiritual-care-agenda

Planned Training:

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

Contact Dan Franklin at for more information.

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

Register at: See link at right corner of web-page.

Details still be coordinated. Additional information and registration link coming soon.

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

Registration link coming soon.

Training Conducted in 2017

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