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Disaster Response Network

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Disaster Response Network (PAA DRN) targets the psychological well-being/mental health needs of disaster victims and responders who are involved in disasters with focus on serving those who have suffered trauma as a result of a disaster.      

Victims of disasters and responders can access this service by contacting the PAA office.  The office will record the callers information and provide it to a psychologist on the PAA DRN list. Clients should expect to hear from a psychologist within 2 business days.  PAA will not share any client information. 

If you are a registered psychologist (provisional included) and PAA member and would like to volunteer on the DRN: complete the application form (download here) and submit to paa@paa-ab.caThe PAA DRN provides psychological/mental health services primarily during the recovery phase of the disaster, and psychologists will not generally be called upon to attend at the site of the disaster.  

Disclaimer: The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta assumes no liability for any of the psychological services provided, nor does the PAA warrant or guarantee the availability of any particular psychological services, or their quality.  Participants are required to carry their own liability insurance.

The PAA DRN is currently ACTIVE

Event: COVID-19

Albertans are resilient people and we will remain strong during this shared pandemic. Our thoughts are with all Albertans impacted COVID-19.

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta would like to help those Albertan’s who are experiencing distress due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our Disaster Response Network members are offering pro-bono psychological services with priority for health care providers and first responders traumatized by recent events. This is not a crisis line or a referral service but pro-bono support by volunteer psychologists of 1-3 sessions for those in need.

 

To access this service, contact us at the PAA Office

paa@paa-ab.ca

(780) 424-0294 or

Toll Free 1-888-424-0297

Event: Northern Alberta Floods

Our thoughts are with all Albertans impacted by flooding in northern Alberta, particularly with the recent evacuations.

Albertans – even if not directly affected by flooding, may experience a sense of distress or vulnerability. As a provincial community we have been through several natural disasters in the last decade, including flooding, and are still reeling from the Slave Lake & Fort McMurray wildfire disasters.

Whether you have been evacuated, you live near the current or past floods, or you are just watching destruction unfold in the media – particularly if you have family or friends who may be impacted and are concerned by about health, wellness, or safety, psychologists in Alberta are there for you.

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta would like to help those Albertan’s who are experiencing distress due to flooding. Our Disaster Response Network members, already activated for the pandemic, are offering pro-bono telepsychology services for those traumatized by recent events. This is not a crisis line or a referral service but pro-bono support by volunteer psychologists of 1-3 sessions for those in need.

To access this service, contact us at the PAA Office

paa@paa-ab.ca

(780) 424-0294 or

Toll Free 1-888-424-0297

 

We encourage members with trauma expertise to join our PAA Disaster Response Network; and for all members to donate to the Red Cross.

Current DRN Co-ordinator: Dr Judy Moench

Resources

For victims of disasters

Canadian Psychological Association: Resources for Responding to Emergencies and Disasters                                                                                               Alberta Health: Disaster Resources                                                                                                                                                                                                    Canadian Red Cross: Current Emergency Responses

For psychologists

Canadian Psychological Association: Self-Care for Caregivers

Previous Activation of the DRN

Event: Wood Buffalo Region Wildfires

Location: Wood Buffalo Region (including Anzac, Conklin, Draper, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort McKay, Fort McMurray, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier, Saprae Creek Estates)

Description: Our thoughts are with all Albertans impacted by the wildfires in Alberta and the recent evacuation in the Fort McMurray region. The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta would like to help evacuees who have been displaced due to fires in Fort McMurray. Our Disaster Response Network members are offering pro-bono psychological services to victims and first responders traumatized by recent events. 

 

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