Training Opportunities

Austin Disaster Relief Network prepares and trains our volunteers to be ready to respond to the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of those affected by disaster, great or small. Our courses are categorized based on our internal volunteer RC training pathways. To help navigate the areas of training development, we have listed the courses below, their required course hours for completion, descriptions and cost. To view dates, click to view TRAINING CALENDAR.

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New Volunteers – Mandatory Orientation

ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Class

Course Time 3 hours: Every new volunteer that wants to join the ADRN network is required to take this 3-hr class to give you an introduction to ADRN, information about ADRN training, a training roadmap for volunteers, badging/credentials, how emergency response works in Greater Austin and individual/family preparedness training. Every volunteer that completes this course will receive an ADRN badge and become a certified ADRN volunteer. (RC Level 1) Training is FREE.

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Preliminary Advanced Training

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Course Time 28 hours:  This 7 day, FEMA backed, nationally recognized course will equip and train you in the essentials of disaster preparedness for your local community, such as Fire Safety, Light Search & Rescue, Disaster Medical Operations & Psychology, Terrorism and Disaster Simulation.  This is an excellent course and well worth the time invested in it!  You will be able to use the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, to assist others in your neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Minimal age limit is 14 years of age with guardian.  You must take all 7 days in order to receive certification.  (RC Level 2) Training cost is $95. (Scholarship pricing available).

Pre-requisites

ICS-100 is a pre-requisite for CERT certification. This is a FEMA online course to introduce volunteers to the Incident Command System (ICS) that FEMA and local governments work within, and provides the foundation for next level ICS training. Online course is FREE. Click here to visit FEMA’s training course

ICS-700 is a pre-requisite for CERT certification. This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. Click here to visit FEMA’s training course >

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$52.50 for Full-time Students

$95 Standard pricing when you register 60-5 days before training starts.

$105 pricing when you register 5-2 days before training starts

$125 Last Minute Registrants & Walk In pricing day before and at the door

Buddy/Spouse/Combo Special – Purchase 2 Trainings (CERT & CERT, CISM & CISM or CERT & CISM any combination) for $75 each ($150 for two). Email sharon@adrntx.org for this special.

FREE Training Voucher when you volunteer time at Hope Family Thrift Store. Email sharon@adrntx.org for more information.

 

 

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Course Time 14 hours:  CISM training is presented by the ADRN Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).  CISM Training helps people in and out of disaster but particularly when we respond to survivors impacted by trauma.  This training equips volunteers to deal with the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors impacted by disaster. This training covers topics about various levels of trauma, crisis intervention techniques, and much more that prepares volunteers with skills and confidence to respond when needed.  All participants will receive a certificate of completion after completing 14 hours of course time. To receive an ADRN White Badge and be qualified to deploy volunteers need to complete ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Training, clear a background check, and fulfill 14 hours of training.  This training is encouraged for mature teens 16 years of age and older, and for all adults.  CISM is an internationally recognized training. (RC Level 2) Training cost is $95. (Scholarship pricing available).

$52.50 for Full-time Students

$95 Standard pricing when you register 60-5 days before training starts.

$105 pricing when you register 5-2 days before training starts

$125 Last Minute Registrants & Walk In pricing day before and at the door

Buddy/Spouse/Combo Special – Purchase 2 Trainings (CERT & CERT, CISM & CISM or CERT & CISM any combination) for $75 each ($150 for two). Email sharon@adrntx.org for this special.

FREE Training Voucher when you volunteer time at Hope Family Thrift Store. Email sharon@adrntx.org for more information.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training: Cutting Edge Disaster Response Training

Course Time 11 hours: In unprecedented recommendations, The US Institute of Medicine and the World Health Organization have both recommended that those who respond to disasters and crises receive training in Psychological First Aid (PFA). In addition, those in public health, first responders, first receivers, those in faith-based disaster relief, and all who seek to build community resilience are encouraged to receive training in PFA. As a parallel to physical first aid, PFA consists of behavioral and psychological interventions designed to: 1) stabilize acute distress, 2) mitigate distress and dysfunction, and 3) facilitate access to continued care as indicated. Research has shown that specialized training in crisis interventions such as PFA can double your clinical effectiveness! This 2-day training will teach you a step-by-step system for implementing individual and group PFA. No pre-requisite required to receive a certificate after completing 11 hours of training. To receive a white ADRN Badge you need to complete ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Training, clear a Background Check, and complete 11 hours of training. Training cost is $150 (Limited Scholarships available).

Basic content: Review of definitions and terms:  Empathic Communications – the language of trust, Stabilization of Acute Distress – techniques and practice, screening and assessment, & psychological triage and practice; Mitigation of Acute Distress – techniques and practice referral criteria, & avoiding 3 common mistakes in crisis intervention; and Suicide Intervention – a brief assessment & intervention model.  Additionally is a group briefing formula and practice – when people are not ready to interact, self-care and fostering ‘psychological body armor’.

This training is presented by Dr. George S. Everly Jr., Professor of Psychology, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and co-founder of International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. More importantly, Dr. Everly was senior author on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Centers for Public Health Preparedness (ASPH-CPHP) consensus recommendations on ‘core competencies in disaster mental health.’ In addition, Dr Everly was senior author on the NVOAD recommendations for early psychological intervention.

This is a 11 hour course that starts on Friday, 6:00PM-10:00PM and completes on Saturday, 8:00AM-3:00PM. Your white ADRN badge will be upgraded, and you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Training cost is $150 (Limited Scholarship pricing available).

It is highly recommended (but not required) that volunteers desiring to complete advanced training start with either CERT or CISM training.

Personal Preparedness

American Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR/AED (Adult/Child/Infant)

Course Time 8 hours:  Participants will be able to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies.  The program teaches skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until EMT or advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.  Students who successfully complete course time and demonstrate skills will receive a certificate for Standard First Aid with CPR/AED – Adult and Child & Infant, which are valid for two years. No pre-requisites or Background Check required. (RC Level 2) Training cost is $95 (Scholarship pricing available).

$35 for Renewals

$52.50 for Full-time Students

$95 Standard pricing when you register 60-5 days before training starts.

$105 pricing when you register 5-2 days before training starts

$125 Last Minute Registrants & Walk In pricing day before and at the door

Buddy/Spouse/Combo Special – Purchase 2 Trainings (CERT & CERT, CISM & CISM or CERT & CISM any combination) for $75 each ($150 for two). Email sharon@adrntx.org for this special.

FREE Training Voucher when you volunteer time at Hope Family Thrift Store. Email sharon@adrntx.org for more information.

Preparedness Peace Course

Course Time 12 hours: A six-week basic disaster preparedness course designed to build a foundation for a lifestyle of preparedness. Over the six weeks, the course will cover topics of: Why Prepare, Teamwork and the Power of Plan, How to be Water Wise and have Food Sense, Power Alley, Having a Safe Home, About Grab & Go Bags, and Establishing Home Security.  What you will accomplish by the end of Preparedness Peace:  family plans and documents, safe home assessment, lighting and energy plans for power outage, evacuation plans with maps and routes, minimum three day food and water storage, car kit, home emergency supplies established, grab and go bags, shelter-in-place room, supplies and spiritual preparedness. To become a facilitator for your church, Bible study group or home group, you may purchase the Preparedness Peace Facilitator Kit for $125 from ADRN. The Facilitator Kit includes a Binder, a Participant Manual, Teaching DVDs, MP3 CD, and a Facilitator Guide. To order a kit, please email sharon@adrntx.org. (RC Level 3) Training cost is $45 per person /$35 Early Bird online registration. No pre-requisites required to take this course.

Spiritual Trainings

Biblical Readiness

Course Time 9 hours:  ADRN Executive Director, Daniel Geraci hosts this foundational training class to help volunteers become spiritually prepared and grounded in truth to help those in need, in times of disaster (including yourself). This class will also teach you how to apply 7 key provisions made available to every born again believer, to empower you to stand against the wiles of the enemy and to walk in faith to overcome trials and tribulations that may occur in times of crisis. This three part training meets three consecutive Tuesdays, 6:30PM-9:30PM. (RC Level 2) Training is FREE. No pre-requisites required for this course.

Conflict Resolution in Times of Disaster

Course Time 7 hours:  ADRN is hosting this important spiritual training to provide the necessary tools for volunteers to help loved ones, friends and survivors affected by disaster, experiencing great stress and conflict within their marriage or family.  The course will teach you how to deal with and resolve conflict in a biblical and godly way.  This training meets two consecutive Tuesdays 6:30PM-10:00PM.  (RC Level 3) Training is FREE. No pre-requisites required to take this training.

Prayer, Care and Share

Course Time 9 hours: In times of Disaster, volunteers may find themselves in a place where they are not able to get back to church leadership due to power or communication outages. This course will teach you how to biblically pray with disaster survivors, care for them properly and share the good news of the gospel to those in great need of His transforming power and love. This training meets three consecutive Tuesdays 6:30PM-9:30PM. (RC Level 4) Training is FREE. No pre-requisites required for this training.

Psalms 91:1 (911) The Protection of the Lord in Times of Disaster

Course Time 3.5 hours:  ADRN highly recommends this course for every volunteer who desires to understand and walk in the protection of the Lord in times of disaster and/or want to overcome fear.  This course will cover the topics of Psalm 91, spiritual authority, intimacy with the Lord, covenant relationships and the relationship with the Body of Christ. ADRN believes spiritual training is equally as important as some of our best physical disaster relief courses. This class meets Tuesday 6:30PM-10:00PM.  (RC Level 3). Training is FREE. No pre-requisites required for this training.

Way of The Master

Course Time 7 hours:  If you desire to learn how to effectively lead people to Christ in times of crisis or able to speak truth in love to others about the Gospel, this training is for you!  You will leave this training impacted, empowered and excited to share.  The trainer for this course is Leslie Holder who has been evangelizing for over 10 years.  Her presentation includes viewing DVDs hosted by Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, you will learn how to share your faith simply and effectively!  This class meets on a Saturday 8:30AM-4:00PM. Training Cost is $15 (includes lunch). No pre-requisites required. Prayer, Care & Share is a great precursor to this training. This training temporarily discontinued.

Walking in the Spirit in Times of Disaster

Course Time 9 hours: This course is designed to remove any mystery behind “walking in the Spirit” and give practical steps in how to walk in the spirit, especially in times of crisis. Areas of focus are practicing the fruits of the spirit, agreeing and fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, and knowing what is means to walk, live and be led by the Holy Spirit. We will also consider our current challenges as humans and how to overcome through His grace; there will be numerous practice times. This three part training meets three consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30PM-9:30PM. Training is FREE. No pre-requisites required for this training.

Additional Advanced Training

Chaplaincy Academy Training

Course Time 30 hours: ADRN’s Chaplaincy program is designed to equip volunteer Chaplains to minister to individuals, families, the community, and more in times of crisis.  ADRN’s Chaplaincy course consists of 30 hours of training.  The Chaplaincy Training sessions will cover, in no particular order: Introduction to Chaplaincy, Confidentiality & Ethics, Death Notification, Compassion Fatigue & Burn Out, Power Interventions, Suicide & Grief, Communication Skills-Listening, Dealing with Difficult People, Workplace Violence, Relationship Recovery-Divorce, Conflict Resolution, Stress & Anger Management, Children in Crisis, PTSD in Children, School Crisis Events, Recognizing Post-traumatic Stress in self or others, and Stress Management. The ADRN Chaplaincy Course requires participants to complete ADRN’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training as a pre-requisite.  ADRN Chaplains must be “Spirit Called” to the position of Chaplain. This course is instructed by the Chaplain Core Team & Guest Chaplains from the community.  The course topics may not be presented in the same order from one Chaplaincy course to another presented at a later time. If you miss course time in one training you will need to begin again at a future training when you can complete the course in it’s entirety. Because we have Guest Chaplains assisting ADRN Chaplaincy Training Team we cannot always guarantee the course topics will be presented in any given order. In order to become an ADRN Chaplain and receive an official ADRN Chaplain badge and Chaplain shirt, participants must complete CISM Training, submit an application to the Chaplaincy Academy, submit 7 references (3 personal business, 1 family, 3 spiritual), complete 30 hours Chaplaincy Course Training, and be approved in an interview with the Chaplaincy Core Team. Once all requirements are met and you successfully are approved in the interview, you may be considered to be part of the ADRN Chaplain Team. Training is offered as a Non-Certified course if desired, however, all vetting requirements are still applicable. Training cost $199 for 30 hours training. (Scholarship pricing & savings bundle available online).

Disaster Relief Coordinator (DRC) / Database Training

Course Time 4 hours: DRC Training is for those interested in becoming a representative of their church to the Network, giving leadership to the ADRN volunteers within your church pre and post disaster. The DRC is also the main communicator within the church to inform church members, volunteers of up and coming trainings.  The DRC’s main objective is to help their members and church to become ready in the event of a crisis through the guidance of ADRN.  The goal for every church on the network, is to have minimally have two DRCs. This training will equip you with the skills, knowledge and plan to be an effective DRC.  A component of DRC Training is Database Training, making this a 4-hour training on the same night.  Database Training is only for church Disaster Relief Coordinators (DRCs), giving instruction on how to access and manage volunteer information for their church. An ethics agreement (signed by church leadership) is NOT required to be trained on the database, but IS required to access information for the volunteers within your church. Training is FREE. Meets quarterly. No pre-requisites required to take the training. Volunteers desiring to be a DRC required to complete ADRN Orientation, Background Check, 6 references including endorsement from your pastor. CERT or CISM Training will give you DRS Title on your badge.

Disaster Relief Shepherd (DRS) Training

Course Time 3.5 hours: The DRS is one of the most important disaster relief roles a volunteer can play within their church in times of disaster.  The job of DRS is to walk alongside a family that has potentially lost everything and needs a ‘Good Samaritan’ to be there for them through the process of recovery until their feet are back on the ground.  This role does not require you to take survivors into your home or provide financial assistance from your personal funds.  This training will equip you with the skills, knowledge and plan to take care and provide extended assistance that cannot be given by the governments or international relief agencies. To sponsor a family, it is required you complete an online ADRN Background Check before receiving an assignment, click here. Training is FREE. Meets quarterly. This training equips you to represent your Church in the role of DRS. To represent ADRN you need ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Training, and Background Check clearance. CISM Training will give you DRS Title on your badge.

First Aid Safety Team (FAST) Training

Course Time 3 hours: FAST – First Aid Safety Team is for ADRN volunteers who have background in First Aid or Safety and desire to increase their knowledge in order to become an asset to ADRN operation deployments, to survivors, the volunteer teams they support, and their community. Training is FREE.

 

HAM Radio Training Technician & General License

Course Time 24 hours: Join the ADRN Ham Radio team by taking the beginner’s course for a Ham Radio license.  Why Ham Radio?  In a disaster, often other modes of communication (cell phones, land lines, etc.) become overwhelmed and unavailable.  In a disaster (such as the Bastrop Fire), government agencies have the ability to devote existing communications service to Government Emergency Telecommunications Service use. That means 90% of the system is locked out from general use.  HAM radio is the link that keeps ADRN teams in contact with the call center, and provides a way for victims to get word to families out of the area.  The Technician Class license allows operator privileges on both VHF and UHF repeaters located throughout the Greater Austin Area. Also, Morse Code is no longer required to pass the exam! The General Class license is advanced training for a HAM radio operator. It will open the door to many more frequency bands and allows operators to make contacts all over the world.  Ham Radio is fun and can be a powerful tool for the Body of Christ to help those in need in times of disaster. Training cost is $65. No pre-requisite required to take this course.

Call Center Training

Course Time 3 hours:  The Call Center is at the center of all disaster response for ADRN.  In the middle of a crisis, ADRN’s Call Center may receive up to 1,000 calls per day from desperate people that need information, someone to talk to, receive prayer and/or be sponsored by one of the churches on our network.  The Call Center also becomes an important place to collect vital resource information such as available supplies, donations, businesses offering their services and volunteers asking how they can help.  This vital training will teach you how to work our phone system, respond properly to those in dire need, and cover many different positions within the Call Center that are equally important.  The last hour of the training will offer a realistic simulation to help you practice your newly learned skills and understand the fullness of the position. Training is FREE. Meets quarterly. No pre-requisite required for this training. CISM Training will give you a Call Center Title on your badge.

Additional Advanced Training – Outside ADRN

ICS 100 FEMA Training

Course Time 3 hours: ICS-100 is a pre-requisite for CERT certification.  This is a FEMA online course to introduce volunteers to the Incident Command System (ICS) that FEMA and local governments work within, and provides the foundation for next level ICS training.  This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System.  It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Click here to visit FEMA’s training course (RC Level 3) Online course is FREE.

ICS 200 FEMA Training

Course Time 3 hours: ICS 200, a FEMA designed online course is designed to enable volunteers to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS) of ADRN or local government.  ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume or help supervisory positions within the ICS. Click here to visit FEMA’s training course (RC Level 4) Online course is FREE.

ICS 700 FEMA Training

This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. Course Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to describe the intent of NIMS, describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS, describe the purpose of the NIMS Components including: Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management and then, describe the purpose of the National Integration Center. This course is required to complete the qualifications for ADRN CERT Training. Click here to visit FEMA’s training course >

Shelter Manager & Shelter Staff Training

Course Time TBD:  Managing or staffing a Red Cross shelter in a time of disaster can be a very rewarding and impactful experience in times of crisis. The American Red Cross (ARC) offers shelter manager and shelter staff training typically throughout the year but predominately in the summertime. All volunteers are required to fill out an ARC application. For more information on the application process and class times, please call the Central Texas American Red Cross at 512-928-4271. Training is FREE.