POSTPONED: Disaster Chaplain Certification and Religious Literacy & Competency Training 03/16-18

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City, this training is postponed. Please monitor this page for an announcement of new dates.

To Register:

This three-day training prepares faith leaders or institutional chaplains to volunteer as disaster chaplains in mass-care settings or to serve as disaster chaplains within their house of worship, religious community or professional institution. The modules demonstrate how diverse religious and cultural practice increases partner capabilities and builds whole community resilience. The course offers tools (tip sheets & a field guide set) and foundational skills to competently engage religious leaders and congregations in the field. Each registrant must be endorsed for this training and/or currently serve as a professional chaplain and/or credentialed religious leader.


  • Religious Literacy & Competency in Crisis Settings
  • How to work as members of an interdisciplinary team within the Incident Command System
  • What to expect at disaster sites
  • How to provide Spiritual First Aid and Psychological First Aid
  • How to make appropriate assessments and referrals to Mental Health and other services
  • How to develop and maintain holistic self-care practices

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