This type of intervention is not therapy in the traditional mental health sense — responders (or 'counselors') link victims to disaster relief associations within the shortest amount of time while assessing victims for their need for counseling services. A typical intervention may include a referral to services, support, or food and shelter.
The Departments of Public Health and Mental Health, along with Boston Medical Center's Center for Multicultural Mental Health, have developed a behavioral health disaster responder (BHDR) training course and BHDR educational session.
BHDR Training Courses
For more information please visit Boston Medical Center's resiliency training page:
Links of Interest
Kermit Crawford, Ph.D.
Director, Behavioral Health Disaster Response Training Program
Boston Medical Center Center for Multicultural Mental Health
Emergency Planning Coordinator
Emergency Preparedness Bureau, Department of Public Health
This information is provided by within the Department of Public Health.