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The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council in partnership with UMass Amherst, Springfield College and Williams College offer
Family Reunification Training. 

After Action Reports from real-world incidents and from regional exercises have identified the reunification of children and their family/care-givers as a gap of concern for emergency preparedness and response. WRHSAC has been working to address this gap in western Massachusetts through its Children in Disasters: Keeping Kids Safe initiative. Over the last year WRHSAC has develop a Family Reunification Plan Template, a complete toolkit which agencies, schools, or municipalities may adopt to create their own Family Reunification Plan. (The link to this template will be available soon).

The training will be facilitated by I Love You Guys Foundation. I Love You Guys have developed the Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method, which are being utilized across the country as best practice for reunification. These documents were key to the development of WRHSAC's Family Reunification Template.  

This training will prepare participants to reunify children with their families following an emergency incident. WRHSAC’s Family Reunification Plan Template will be provided to participants to develop their own reunification plans. Appropriate for schools, colleges, municipalities, emergency management directors, first responders and any agency providing services to children in western Massachusetts.

Three separate sessions of this training will be held:
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017—Springfield College, Springfield, MA
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017—Williams College, Williamstown, MA
  • Friday, October 27, 2017—UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA - This session is full and waitlisted
  • 8:00am to 5:00pm each session
The training is free and food will be provided. Comfort dogs and their handlers from HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response will also be present.  To register please complete the form below and indicate which session you wish to attend. All registrants will be placed on a wait list. You will be notified of acceptance. Any inquires can be addressed to Raine Brown, Homeland Security Program Manager, 413-774-3167 x138 Registration for these trainings is closed. Thank you for your interest. [post_title] => Family Reunification Training [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => family-reunification-training [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-18 15:23:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-18 19:23:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 5656 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-09-07 11:46:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-07 15:46:57 [post_content] => WRHSAC is hosting two sessions of Mental Health First Aid Training - Public Safety Module. This is a nationally coordinated training facilitated by the National Council for Behavioral Health. Two sessions of this one day training will be held:
  • Friday, October 6, 2017 at MEMA Region 3/4, Agawam, MA (This session is full)
  • Friday, November 3, at Berkshire Community College @ Conte Federal Building, Pittsfield, MA
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides first responders with response options to help them de-escalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health related calls appropriately without compromising safety. This is an 8-hour course that teaches a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, and self-help care. This training is appropriate for all first responder disciplines. Eight (8) hours of OEMS credits are available. This training is free. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided. We encourage you to register soon. Due to the interactive nature of the training, course size is limited to 30. The courses are expected to fill quickly. Registration is open to first responders from western Massachusetts. WRHSAC is offering these two sessions to asses interest in this training. If interest is high, additional sessions will likely be offered in the future. Registration is closed for these trainings.    [post_title] => Mental Health First Aid Training [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => mental-health-first-aid-training [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-16 09:40:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-16 13:40:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) [2] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 5717 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-10-19 14:12:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-19 18:12:41 [post_content] => The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield, MA Branch Office presents:

Behavioral Analysis Workshop

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of common profiling concepts and behavioral analysis as applied to possible characteristics and warning signs of those who engage in violent attacks. Participants will learn guidance for gathering information relevant to indicators of possible future violence risk, and how to build a Threat Management Team to manage an identified person of concern. The relationship between law enforcement agencies and public/private agencies as part of the Threat Management Team will be explored. This workshop is appropriate for all first responder disciplines, schools and colleges, and public and private agencies in western Massachusetts. This workshop is a follow up to WRHSAC’s Active Shooter Symposium held in March 2016. WRHSAC will again partner with the FBI Springfield Office. Workshop presentations will include:
  • Profiling Concepts

Introduction to behavioral analysis as well as definitions of common terms used in "profiling"

  • A Behavioral Analysis Examination of Targeted Violence

Overview of targeted violence; characteristics and warning signs of those who engage in violent attacks

  • The Threat Assessment Interview

Guidance for gathering information relevant to indicators of possible future violence risk

  • The Threat Management Team

Guidance for law enforcement and public/private agencies for managing persons of concern

  • Applicable Case Studies
The workshop is free and food will be provided. It will be held at UMass Amherst Campus. Registration is required! To register, please complete this form: [gravityform id="32" title="false" description="false"] All inquires can be directed to Raine Brown, Homeland Security Program Manager, 413.774.3167 x 138 [post_title] => Behavioral Analysis Workshop [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => behavioral-analysis-workshop [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-19 15:01:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-19 19:01:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) )
Upcoming Training and Exercises Date
Family Reunification TrainingWhere: Multiple Locations Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 @ 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Mental Health First Aid TrainingWhere: Agawam and Pittsfield MA Friday, October 6th, 2017 @ 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Behavioral Analysis WorkshopWhere: UMass Amherst Campus, Amherst MA Thursday, December 14th, 2017 @ 8:00 am to 5:00 pm