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Disaster Trauma

(Fulfills partial training requirement for the Green Cross as a Field and Certified Traumatologist)

When: May 8 & 9, 2020 / 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where:  Live Webinar (via Zoom) *Zoom invitation will be sent about a week prior to the training

Continuing Education: 12 CE credits awarded. Partial attendance is not awarded.

Certification Criteria: This course satisfies the requirement for Field Traumatologist

Target Audience:  This is an intermediate level training for counseling professionals, students, and laypersons working with traumatized populations, including disaster survivors.

Instruction Level: Intermediate


  • Students= $180.00
  • Professionals= $260.00

Presenter: Dr. Vanessa Snyder

Dr. Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Traumatologist, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is a 2008 graduate as well as the VP of the Institute of Trauma and Recovery. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in VA. Her areas of research interests include: trauma in families, sexual abuse and trauma, trauma treatment with play/art therapy, assessment in treatment of adults who experience trauma/complex trauma, secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking and dissociative disorders.

Topic: This workshop will provide each participant with the knowledge and skills necessary to lessen the negative impact on individuals and families in the aftermath of a natural or human caused disaster or critical incident.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the four phases of emergency management
  • Describe the eight phases of disaster
  • Explain key concepts of disaster mental health.
  • Recognize and adhere to the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology’s Standards of Practice and Standards of Self-Care.
  • List the causes of trauma and the trauma response.
  • Recognize related symptoms of Trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Stress
  • Recognize and Follow Incident Command System Chain of Command.
  • Recognize and Follow Green Cross Deployment Protocols.
  • Describe stress management and crisis intervention techniques, and apply techniques at the appropriate time.
  • Conduct an initial trauma assessment.
  • Describe the four waves of disaster assistance, and appropriate intervention methods for individuals and groups.
  • Demonstrate the six steps of the Individual Defusing model.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate methods for assessment, triage, stabilization and referral.

Registration: Click HERE

For questions about the course, please contact Dr. Vanessa Snyder at

For questions concerning registration or Continuing Education, please contact Martha Busby at

Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be made prior to May 22.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Disaster Trauma