Marin CAMFT's Trauma Response Team
Summer 2021 Update from Marin CAMFT's Trauma Response Team
Marin CAMFT’s Trauma Response Team has been increasingly active and engaging with our community this year. We’ve been connecting with our members and with the community with very positive and exciting results!
The number of team members both on our Trauma Team and our School Crisis and Support Team has increased. Two members, Tammie Grant and Pam Lister, gave excellent presentations at recent meetings. Discussions have generated so much interest that our meetings now include an optional lobby session in which we continue our discussions after the meeting.
These monthly meetings are open to all Marin CAMFT members.
Our next meeting is Friday, July 9th at 9am. If you'd like to join, please contact one of our co-chairs below and we'll send you the Zoom link. This meeting has been canceled; please check back later for an announcement when the Committee will meet again.
In keeping with our community outreach goals, we’ve initiated several online meetings with the leaders of numerous County agencies that share our intention to meet the needs of our Marin population, by creating a joint response to disasters, crises, and traumatic events. Specifically, our team could offer pro bono mental health support along with Marin County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services staff. We’d like to thank Todd Paler, Program Manager of the Crisis Unit, and Kara Connors, Marin HHS Senior Program Manager for Suicide Prevention, for meeting with us and including us in this important community effort.
Another exciting development is that we are now more “present” on the Marin CAMFT website and easier to find, with the Trauma Response Team page now moved to sit with the other direct links within the header of marincamft.org. We are very thankful to have Lisa Wenninger share her expertise and time as we move toward increasing our presence as we add newsletters, team requirements, and potentially, a blog. Our continuing effort to increase our visibility will make our presence and team more accessible to those who seek support and to those who wish to join our team.
The good news just keeps coming . . . Our three leads, Beth Leib, Kathleen Ries, and Dee Treshnell, recently met in a retreat format to evaluate “where we are” and discuss our potential goals for the year. We held a productive online retreat on May 21st for our Trauma Team members wherein ideas and goals from the team were shared. Our members' visions aligned with our original vision and intention for our Trauma Response Team. Every team is only as strong as each individual member! We greatly appreciate all of the keen insights and wisdom from our valued members.
New Marin CAMFT members are welcome. If you’re interested in helping our community during critical incidents and disasters, please attend a few of our meetings and consider joining our Trauma Response Team. Let’s move forward in offering support to our community as disaster mental health workers.
Wildfire season is here and Marin is in a serious drought. Our rainfall levels over the past year have been the lowest on record in more than 140 years. Marin residents may experience new levels of anxiety and fear due to the intensity and duration of wildfires in the past few years. How do we prepare ourselves and support our clients? UCSF Department of Psychiatry posted a timely article, Coping with Wildfires and Climate Change Crises, at psych.ucsf.edu.
We wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer that includes people, places, and experiences that we have all missed during this challenging year.
Spring 2021 Update from Marin CAMFT's Trauma Response Team
Marin CAMFT’s Trauma Response Team invites members who are interested in learning more about our team to attend our monthly Zoom meeting, typically held on the third Friday of every month at 11:00 am PT, though sometimes this schedule varies. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you're interested in joining us and we will confirm the next meeting and you'll be on the list to get the Zoom link. We are looking forward to seeing you!
We have several projects underway for 2021:
We encourage you to join our team at this intersection, where we meld former members and their expertise with new members who are adding positive energy and enthusiasm. You may contact any of the Co-Chairs below if you would like more information or to get involved.
Winter 2021 Update from Marin CAMFT's Trauma Response Team
Marin CAMFT’s Trauma Response Team invites members who are interested in learning more about our team to attend our monthly Zoom meeting this Friday, January 22nd at 11 am. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon on Thursday, January 21st in order to receive the Zoom link for this meeting. We are looking forward to seeing you!
We are excited about our upcoming speakers including Tammie Grant, Melissa d’Amore and Pam Lister.
We encourage you to join our team at this intersection, where we meld former members and their expertise with new members who are adding positive energy and enthusiasm. You may contact any of the Co-Chairs below if you would like more information or to get involved. Marin CAMFT’s Trauma Response Team invites members who are interested in learning more about our team to attend our monthly Zoom meeting this Friday, January 22nd at 11 am. Please RSVP to email@example.com by 12 noon on Thursday, January 21st in order to receive the Zoom link for this meeting. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Fall 2020 Update from Marin CAMFT's Trauma Response Team
Here are highlights from the Trauma Response Team:
Psychological First Aid
Co-Chair Kathleen Ries presented an engaging quiz on Psychological First Aid (PFA) principles at our August monthly meeting. PFA is usually required in a significant disaster or collective trauma such as wildfires or a global pandemic. While attending to others in a disaster, trauma response workers need to remain calm in an often chaotic environment. Our calm presence, tone of voice, eye contact, and confidence have a huge impact on others. Attunement, empathy, and stabilization are keys to soothing, grounding, and helping others to self-regulate and strengthen their resilience. Connectedness counterbalances adversity.
In a disaster, the licensed mental health professional triages three levels of reactions: normal stress reactions; severe stress reactions; and reactions that pose a potential danger to self and others. PFA skills also provide the framework for our own self-care, connecting to others with kindness, calm and compassion, helping people feel safe, meeting people’s basic needs, encouraging good coping, giving realistic reassurances, connecting people with their local resources and support systems, and giving accurate and timely information.
Update on current local collective traumas
Dennis Scremin, our liaison for the Red Cross, reported on the numerous fires and evacuations in the Bay area. The challenges of managing an evacuation while addressing the needs of social distancing, hand washing, cleaning, and mask wearing are enormous.
Speakers at our monthly meetings
Our team is enjoying and benefitting from our recent addition of speakers at our monthly meetings. Dennis Scremin spoke at our September meeting. On October 16 at 11 am, Melissa d’Amore will be speaking on Disaster Mental Health and Trauma Recovery. On November 20, Pam Lister will speak on being “in the field” during deployment and will share some of her positive, uplifting experiences.
Our three exciting areas of focus
We are excited about the educational component of our meetings as well as the engagement of our team with the community. It has been rewarding to get to know our new team members. While we understand that Covid-19 has changed our lives and perhaps affected some of our commitments, we are hoping that more of you will attend our next TRT Zoom meeting on October 16. If you'd like to attend this online meeting, or want more information, please email any of the three co-chairs below. We want to learn more about each of you, as well as determine who is interested in our three main areas of focus for the months ahead. These areas of focus include:
1) Disaster Response Team Activity in conjunction with the Marin Red Cross Mental Health Team.
2) School Crisis Counseling for students, school staff, and parents. The location will be announced as a pilot when approval has been secured.
3) Pro Bono Mental Health Services for those most impacted by Covid-19, including first responders and survivors (2 or 3 sessions to help people find resources and cope.)
Please let us know if you would like to get involved with our School Crisis Counseling Pilot and/or our Pro Bono Covid-19 Mental Health Services. We invite Marin CAMFT therapists to join our Trauma Response Team and help us launch these two new programs.
If you have any trauma referrals or other suggestions for our TRT, please contact us through our Marin CAMFT voicemail at: (415) 459-3484, extension 2.
We are looking forward to connecting with you, expanding our team, and serving our beautiful community in the months ahead.
Trauma Response Team Co-Chairs