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Become a Certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor
May 11, 2015

New Jersey is one of the first states in the nation to develop a formal process for certification of its disaster crisis counseling response workforce. In response to Superstorm Sandy, DRCC’s were deployed to shelters hosted by Rutgers on two campuses in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Rutgers School of Social Work understands the value of serving the local and state community and is uniquely qualified to serve in this capacity. A Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC) is a volunteer who becomes part of a statewide Emergency Response Network and responds to the needs of communities in the event of a disaster or traumatic event. The DRCC’s are trained in disaster response, disaster behavioral health and crisis counseling, among other relevant topics.

To obtain the DRCC certification one must complete the following 5 required courses. The four classroom based courses have been scheduled; please see the location, room number and dates below. Click the training titles to be directed to the online registration page:

  1. Introduction to Disaster and Trauma Counseling: Basic Training for Disaster Response Crisis Counselors – June 15th
  2. Ethical Issues in Crisis Response – June 16th
  3. Key Concepts is Psychological First Aid – June 17th
  4. Cross Cultural Issues in Disaster Response – June 18th
  5. National Incident Management System (NIMS 700) / Incident Command System (ICS 100) <--These two courses are offered ON-LINE ONLY

Location: Rutgers School of Social Work
536 George Street, Room 209

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

After completion of the training, applications for certification (including a background check through fingerprinting at no cost to you) will be reviewed and forwarded to The Certification Board for final processing. Instructions for the application and the on-line certification application are provided on

If you are interested in becoming a DRCC and joining the disaster response community, please contact Tegan Perrotta, Jersey at, or Annie Westerman Please check this website ( for more detailed information and updates to the training calendar.

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