Psychologists interested in training to provide pro bono mental health support in the wake of disasters can take a new all-day training offered by the American Red Cross (ARC) on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 8:30 a.m.

The new ARC course significantly updates and replaces the disaster mental health training written in the early 1990s. Volunteers will be required to take this training to offer assistance through the ARC.

Psychologists licensed for independent practice are eligible. Advance registration is required and seating is limited. To register, contact Georgia Sargeant at (202) 336-5898; e-mail.

In a related symposium, "Changes to disaster services: Implications for state disaster response networks," sponsored by APA's Div. 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs), presenters will discuss how changes have affected the relationships among major service providers, volunteers and aid recipients. Presenters at the session, chaired by Susan Silk, PhD, on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m., include:

  • Richard A. Heaps, PhD, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

  • Susan Hamilton, PhD, American Red Cross, Washington, D.C.

  • Gerard A. Jacobs, PhD, Disaster Mental Health Institute, Vermillion, S.D.

  • David J. Romano, PhD, Orlando, Fla.

The discussant will be Robert E. Hayes, EdD, an independent practitioner in Anderson, Ind.