Dear  ,

Wild fires are devastating Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.  For those of you living and working in the affected communities, SFV-CAMFT hopes that you, your colleagues, and loved ones are all safe.

The loss and devastation following a natural disaster can linger in the community long after the crisis itself has passed. Please see the links below for helpful resource materials compiled by state CAMFT's Crisis Response Education & Resources Committee (CRERC) to reference while helping those in need deal with the mental and emotional aftershocks of wildfires.

Professional training in crisis intervention and disaster mental health is proving, especially in this day and age, to be crucial to the support MFTs can provide to communities experiencing shock, fear, and grief. If you are interested in how to become involved professionally, please explore CAMFT's Crisis Response Education & Resources Committee's web pages for suggested  trainings and workshops  to hone your skills. Be sure to also join the Crisis Response Development Group on the  CAMFT Community  to receive email updates from the Committee and to network online with other therapists interested in disaster intervention work.

If you are an American Red Cross trained Disaster Mental Health volunteer, living in the Northern California Coastal Region (especially in Lake County), and would like to assist with this crisis please email  nccrstaffing@redcross.org . For American Red Cross trained Disaster Health volunteers living in the Southern California region, please contact your local American Red Cross or a deploying agency that you are already registered with:
  • Canoga Park (818) 593-3500
  • Los Angeles (310) 445-9900
  • Santa Monica (310) 394-3773
  • Glendale (818) 243-3121
  • Ventura County (805) 987-1514
You can find open shelters here Also check with your local Jewish Family Services and your local church for information and assistance.

The Post-Action Outreach Committee of our chapter has a Trauma Responder  Self-Test  that members can utilize for assessment, both personally and professionally.

Want to volunteer in crisis response and become part of our  post-action outreach committee? Join us and f ill out the application here.
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