Training Sessions

Please join us on Sunday, July 10 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. MDT and choose from one of three training sessions that will be sure to sharpen your skills and offer practical advice you can use in your education and career.

Training Session: Mental Health and Disaster—A Crisis Intervention Roadmap

Whether the result of climate change, natural hazards, active shooter events, or long-term global pandemics, survivors are emotionally impacted. Mental health response must be a critical aspect of disaster preparedness, especially for vulnerable populations. It is also imperative to build resilience to better respond to these calamities. Otherwise, we will continue to live with long-term negative consequences.

Future mental health responses must include both short-term crisis counseling as well as long-term trauma-informed guidance and resiliency measures. An intervention roadmap is essential. This training session will include:

  1. Guidance on developing a community-based mental health intervention roadmap that is conducive to all disaster types.
  2. Approaches to defining vulnerable populations and their specific needs based on demographics and disaster type.
  3. Lessons on defining resiliency and best practices for building resilient populations, both locally and nationally.
  4. Suggestions to those who are interested in present or future employment in the field of disaster mental health.

Attendees will be encouraged to explore the roles that they play in furthering these efforts.

Training Session: Ready-to-Fund Resilience—Blended Finance and Community Co-Development

The Ready-to-Fund Resilience Project incorporates case studies from across the United States and the insights of an expert advisory group of national leaders in the nonprofit, government, philanthropic, private, and academic sectors. It features a technical paper, a toolkit, and upcoming training for local government practitioners and partners in small-to-medium sized governments.

Discussing the various aspects of Ready-to-Fund Resilience can help local government practitioners and partners move from the “what” to the “how” of resilience funding and achieve successful climate resilience funding and finance outcomes.

In this training session, participants will learn how to implement two foundational characteristics:

  • Finding how to secure financial resources for all stages of resilience project life cycles

  • Co-developing climate resilience projects with community residents

Presenters will cover the stages of project life cycles and offer potential options for blended funding and finance options. They will also put forth strategies to equitably co-develop projects with the people most impacted by and most knowledgeable about resilience issues in their communities.

Training Session: Applying Key Risk Communication Principles to Reach Socially Vulnerable Populations

Socially vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by and take longer to recover from disasters, which in turn further exacerbates pre-existing inequities. In this interactive training session, we will discuss three evidence-based principles of hazard risk communication for socially vulnerable populations. We will also highlight recent case studies to explore how practitioners have applied these principles and reflect on how we might adjust traditional risk communication efforts to better serve at risk communities. This session will also offer access to free tools and resources including a bibliography, guidebook, and worksheets that explore risk communication more deeply and help to apply key concepts in practice. This training is intended for practitioners who are interested in enhancing their public communication efforts and others interested in reaching and partnering with traditionally underserved communities.