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Disaster Response Network

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We want to thank all PAA members who volunteered their time and expertise for the 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 a focus on serving those who have suffered trauma as a result of a disaster.   

This program will be deactivated effective 25 April 2022. DRN is a program designated to remain active for a distinct period of time.

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

 

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Previous Activation of the DRN

Event: Trauma in relation to the Indigenous Residential Schools mass grave findings

Location: Alberta-wide

Description: The Psychologists’ Association Alberta DRN volunteers offer crisis intervention for individuals impacted and traumatized by the genocidal legacy of Indian Residential Schools (and Indian Day Schools). 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.

Event: COVID-19 Pandemic Onset 

Location: Alberta-wide

Description: Albertans are resilient people and we will remain strong during this shared pandemic. The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta would like to help those Albertans 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.

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.