Saturday Workshop Series: Clinical Skills for Responding to Critical Incidents and Disasters

  • Sat, May 21, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • online via Zoom


  • Please be logged in to your Marin CAMFT account in order for the member rate to be available.
  • Members of RECAMFT, SFCAMFT, and EBCAMFT are invited to join this MCAMFT event at a reduced rate. Please specify your member ID from your sister chapter.
  • Available to Student and Registered Associate members of Marin CAMFT. (Note: No refunds, as our processing fee is the same amount as the event fee.)
  • Available to pre-licensed trainees and associates who are not members of Marin CAMFT.
  • Code required, please contact the Marin CAMFT Board if you believe you should have access.

Marin CAMFT's Trauma Response Team invites you to this special training that is so relevant to our community needs

Clinical Skills for Responding to Critical Incidents and Disasters

4 CEs available

Workshop Description

Please join Dr. Katie Amatruda in this 4 CE workshop as we explore the clinical skills necessary for responding to critical incidents and disasters, how they differ from those we use in a clinical practice. We will identify and differentiate disaster mental health from clinical practice, learn the traits essential to being an effective disaster mental health worker with adults and children, and learn how to 'triage' disaster survivors, first responders, and yourself for overwhelming stress reactions. 

We will examine how to prepare yourself physically and emotionally to go to a disaster, effectively work with a team, and learn skills for approaching survivors in a culturally sensitive manner. We will discuss verbal and nonverbal techniques to effectively engage with a wide range of survivors, including children, adults, first responders and your peers. We will look at how a critical incident response differs from a disaster deployment, and explore volunteer and paid opportunities to do this work.

Educational Goals

  1. Understand the skillsets necessary to respond to Critical Incidents and Disasters in an informed, ethical, culturally sensitive manner.
  2. Learn techniques to effectively engage with a wide range of survivors, including children, adults, first responders and your peers.
  3. Explore the ‘nuts and bolts’ of responding - how to sign up, get called, and how to prepare to deploy.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. List the nine guiding principles for cultural competence in disaster mental health programs
  2. Identify the differing skillsets necessary for disaster responses, critical incident responses and differentiate them from clinical practice skills.
  3. List the stages of the Stress Continuum.
  4. Explain how to triage disaster survivors, first responders and oneself for overwhelming stress responses.


Dr. Katie AmatrudaKatie Amatruda, PsyD, MFT, MFLC, BCETS, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Military and Family Life Consultant, and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. She is a Mental Health Specialist on DMAT CA-6, a Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team and with CALMAT, California Medical Assistance Team. She conducts Critical Incident Stress Responses and provides support, grief counseling, and psychoeducation to First Responders, Sheriff, Police, business employees, high tech companies, in hospitals – in short – she goes when they call. She has worked with members of the Armed Forces and their families on bases in the US and in Europe as an MFLC - Military Family and Life Consultant. She has responded to over 100 disasters and critical incidents nationally and internationally.  Dr. Amatruda is the former Marin County Red Cross Disaster Lead, and is a member of the Marin Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Amatruda has lectured internationally and taught at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Professional School of Psychology, and in the Extended Education Departments at U.C. Berkeley and Sonoma State University, and has supervised numerous clinicians. She is the author of many publications and founded, offering continuing education to licensed therapists.

Additional opportunity with Marin CAMFT!

Are you a Marin CAMFT member who is interested in disaster response?

Join Marin CAMFT's Trauma Response Team and become involved in our chapter's ongoing efforts to train and be prepared to support our community in the event of natural disasters and other tragedies, including fire, earthquake, flooding, and other crises such as mass shootings. This event on May 21 is offered to everyone, you need not be a part of the Trauma Response Team to register for Dr. Amatruda's training, however we wanted to let you know about the TRT initiative in case you are also interested in getting further involved.

Attendance at the live event and completion of the evaluation qualifies for 4 Continuing Education hours.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your voice and/or image. This recording may be available for review and downloading. By registering for this event, you are agreeing for your likeliness to possibly be used by Marin CAMFT.

Upon registering you will receive a Zoom link and password.

  • Date: Saturday, May 21
  • Time: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm Pacific (4 hours of instruction plus 30 minutes for breaks)
  • Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.

Additional Information

For more information about the Saturday Workshop Series or about joining the Committee, please contact Marin CAMFT's Director of Programs Norman Hering.

  • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education units for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The number of CEUs awarded is specified in the event description. These CEUs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full live session and complete the evaluation at the end to receive CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact the Director of Programs for more information.

  • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

  • Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 7 days in advance event, subject to a $20 administrative fee. We're sorry but we do not provide refunds in case of non-attendance by the registrant. To request a refund, please email If you have questions about this policy, please contact the Director of Programs.

  • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Director of Programs.

  • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director of Programs.

  • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CEUs are available for "live" Zoom attendance only. You must complete the course evaluation at the end in order to receive a completion certificate. Certificates are sent out by email within one week of the event, pending receipt of the evaluation. 

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PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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