Offered to parents, school staff, clergy, hospital personnel, first responders, counselors and mental health professionals and others willing to volunteer after a disaster.
By Jan Rahn
Volunteer disaster training workshops are scheduled to be held on the community college campuses in Imperial and McCook during June.
These free training sessions are offered to clergy and faith communities, school staff and parents, counselors and mental health professionals, hospital personnel, first responders and anyone willing to volunteer after a disaster.
Registration is due by May 31 for the Volunteer Disaster Training, “The Role of Faith and Communities” which includes lunch.
• Friday, June 14: McCook Community College, Hormel Business Center room 213, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.
• Saturday, June 15: Mid Plains Community College Extended Campus, Imperial, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT.
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department, Medical Reserve Corps and Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise are collaborating to offer this disaster training program with the main objectives being:
1) to define a critical incident, 2) recognize the symptoms of a traumatized individual, 3) recognize “complex trauma,” 4) determine the role of faith-based ministries after a traumatic event, 5) recognize how early intervention can affect mental health outcomes, 6) define “defusing,” 7) define “debriefing” 8) learn listening skills, 9) recognize a delayed grief response, and 10) learn how faith-based ministries can interface with first responders and the mental health community.
About the Speakers
Heading the training workshop are John and Deborah Bauers, who have worked for over 25 years in the area of crisis and trauma preparedness and recovery.
The couple founded “Three-Fold Ministries” in 1977, working in the areas of pastoral care and professional Christian counseling along with crisis and trauma.
Rev. John Bauers, who specializes in critical incident stress management (CISM), is a 26-year retired air traffic controller with over 25 years of pastoral experience. He has degrees in Biblical education and counseling, a doctorate in pastoral counseling, and has served as police chaplain in Colorado Springs.
Rev. Bauers’ wife, Deborah, also has specialized CISM training, has degrees in counseling, and has owned her own professional counseling practice for over 24 years. She has over 25 years of pastoral experience.
How to Register
To register for this free training, call 308-345-4223 or 308-345-8122 or email