Core Competencies

Core competencies are defined as having knowledge, skills, and abilities related to:

  • All Hazards systems, plans, and key concepts
  • Community-wide assessment models
  • Rapid assessment and triage
  • Disaster related stress reactions: survivors, responders, colleagues, & self
  • Evidence-based disaster mental health risk factors
  • Crisis intervention
  • Psychological first aid
  • Psychoeducation
  • Cross-cultural considerations
  • Traumatic grief & loss
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Information & referral processconsiderations
  • Advocacy
  • Evidence-based stress-related treatments
  • Working in disaster-mental settings/ altered environments (shelters, relief centers, unconventional intervention settings)
  • Concepts of risk communication
  • Field safety considerations
  • Management of substance abuse
  • Provider self-care issues