Recently the National Association of County & City Health Organizations awarded SRT, Inc. a grant to develop a training program designed to provide Medical Reserve Corps volunteers with the tools to cope with the effects and after-effects of trauma experienced due to the pandemic and help “reboot” and ready ourselves for future deployments. This program is called Reboot & Providing CAARE. This program is a self-administered process connected to a menu of skills and techniques designed to increase a person's self-efficacy for maintaining emotional and behavioral resilience and connection to family, friends, and community. The complete program entails three hours of instruction. This will be provided both in-person as well as virtually (via Zoon and YouTube.) There has also been published an introductory booklet. You can download the Reboot & Providing CAARE booklet here Booklet
The current pandemic is a prolonged, diffuse disaster with no geographical or chronological boundaries. It is going to last for a long time and is causing significant emotional and physical stress for everyone. We at SRT, Inc. are involved on a daily basis with supporting our state’s pandemic response, in particular, the work the OKMRC Stress Response Team is performing at the numerous PODs (Points of Dispensing). To aid in this endeavor we have developed several Stress First Aid trainings. One is specifically designed for all POD workers. Go to our YouTube channel, SRT, Inc., and view the Stress First Aid Playlist. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdnEJ87NX9SSmodFt1ynKFw
What is Stress First Aid? It is a framework to improve recovery from stress reactions, in oneself, in peers, and in citizens faced with crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Stress First Aid is based on research that says that people tend to do better in ongoing, stressful circumstances when they have one or more of five essential elements to counteract adversity. These elements are: 1. Being able to move toward a sense of safety 2. Being able to calm themselves 3. Feeling connected to others 4. Feeling that they will be able to get through with what they're having to confront 5. Having a sense of optimism, faith, or hope.
In 2017-2018 SRT, Inc. obtained a grant to train rural community ‘caregivers’ to support the emotional and spiritual care of those impacted by back-to-back devastating wild fires. Dr. John Call and Mary G. Hughes identified very early on, rural folks don’t get their care from a mental health care provider but from the people in their community they trust the most: volunteer firefighters, veterinarians, ER nurses, pastors, seed and farm suppliers ... to name a few. They spent months traveling western Oklahoma, building the capacity of these community champions to serve their neighbors in a more holistic way. View this brief video for more information--