Welcome to the Disaster Resource Network!



The current DRN Chair is Dr. Bret McLaughlin. 



September 1, 2021:


Dear Colleagues:


There are currently 11 major fires burning in California, the most severe being the Dixie fire that has consumed over 750,600 acres and is only 46% contained.  After being hit hard by a year and a half of COVID-19 isolation (and the continuing rise of delta variant), these disasters are staining the mental health of patients, family, friends, and ourselves.  Hit particularly hard are those individuals who lost everything to fires in years past, only to be hit again by the current fire season.  At the SVPA we have put together a sheet of resources that might be useful to you and your patients in managing some of these anxieties and fears. 


First is the central Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990.  This is a national hotline dedicated to providing crisis counseling to anyone who has been affected by a natural disaster.  It is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  Callers can receive care, referrals, and support services.


If you are looking for reading materials to give your patients, the APA has a helpful article that can be found here: https://www.apa.org/topics/disasters-response/wildfires-tips.  It contains methods for managing stress and anxiety related to the wildfires.  If you are dealing with children, an older, but still helpful resource from The National Children Traumatic Stress Network can be found here: https://www.nctsn.org/resources/parent-guidelines-helping-children-impacted-wildfires.  This set of guidelines offers help in anticipating common reactions, and provides self-care tips, for children after wildfire.

 

If you are interested in aiding those in need during these fires, here are some reputable organizations that take and distribute monetary, as well as physical, donations:


Center for Disaster Philanthropy

https://disasterphilanthropy.org/cdp-fund/cdp-california-wildfires-recovery-fund-2/


Direct relief

https://www.directrelief.org/emergency/california-wildfires/


Americares

https://www.americares.org/


California Community Foundation

https://www.calfund.org/wildfirerecoveryfund/


Good360

https://good360.org/disaster-recovery/west-coast-fires/


As fires increase in frequency, it is our hope at SVPA that we can add to these resources and create a central repository for those seeking assistance during natural disasters.  If you have anything that has been helpful to you or your patents, let us know!  Email us at sacpsychologists@gmail.com and we will continue adding to this list.


Dr. Bret McLaughlin




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Letter from SVPA President, Dr. Marcella Kreysa re: COVID-19 on March 16, 2020:


Hello Sacramento Valley Psychological Association Members and Contacts,


After several discussions amongst SVPA’s board of directors related to the growing concern over COVID-19, we have decided to postpone our upcoming events for the months of March and April. This includes our ECP and Student Mixer on March 20th and our Diversity Movie Night on April 17th. We are also keeping a watchful eye on the development of information and will be evaluating our plans for future events in the upcoming months.


In the last few weeks there has been significant communication from various channels about COVID-19. Overall, the focus has been on the need for public health safety and social distancing. We at SVPA want to continue to honor our community and demonstrate the need for self care and preservation. Therefore, we want you to know that we as a board will continue to operate and discuss ways to support our community virtually. 


Additionally, as mental health professionals there is a need for us to consider how to protect ourselves, our practices, and our clients in times of uncertainty. We are passing along some great resources that have been shared by CPA and APA about health safety, discussing these issues with clients, as well as information about telepsychology. These resources are listed below.


Please feel free to reach out to SVPA's board of directors with further questions at email sacpsychologists@gmail.com and/or visit our website for more information http://sacramentovalleypsychologist.com. Also know that as always, our Ethics Education Committee is available to answer any ethical questions that might arise for you as you navigate this process. You are welcome to contact Dr. Catherine Cohen catherinecohen@hotmail.com or call 916-444-8843. 


Thank you and take care!

Dr. Marcella Kreysa

President of Sacramento Valley Psychological Association 


Resources:

Both CPA and APA's resource pages offer great information about protecting yourselves and your clients, in addition to providing useful information to consider for telepsychology with helpful guides.


-CPA has page dedicated to answering important questions about COVID-19

https://www.cpapsych.org/page/COVID-19


-APA also has a resource page dedicated to questions about COVID-19

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics


-Sacramento County's COVID-19 Resource page

http://www.scoe.net/covid19/Pages/default.aspx



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Past DRN Events:


10/6/20: Addiction and COVID-19 Influences 


11/19/19: Assessment and Treatment of Firesetting Behavior in Children and Youth: Collaboration Between Firefighters Burn Institute and Mental Health Clinicians 


10/18/14: Disaster Mental Health - Care of Children 


9/20/14: School Violence, School Shootings 


8/16/14: Mass Casualty and Terrorism 


6/21/14Theory of Disaster Mental Health Intervention 






Getting Involved and Connected


APA Disaster Mental Health Information


Psychological First Aid


COVID-19:

APA COVID-19 Information and Resources

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