National VOAD
(Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Emotional and Spiritual Care Resources

The Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee’s mission is to foster emotional and spiritual care to people affected by disaster in cooperation with national, state and local response organizations and VOADs. The National VOAD ESCC accomplishes its mission in several ways:

  • Embracing the unique contribution of various mental health disciplines and faith based groups.

  • Identify specific issues of emotional and spiritual needs as a significant component of disaster response.

  • Educate state and local VOADs and non-affiliated partners about emotional and spiritual needs in disasters.

  • Promote best practices, standards and models to provide effective emotional and spiritual care.

National VOAD Committees create three types of documents: "Resources," "Points of Consensus," and "Guidelines."

"Resources"

General tools and manuals developed by the committee

 

Light Our Way  (2018 Edition, originally published in 2006)

A resource for disaster workers and planners

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/light_our_way_2018_final-published-copy.pdf

Light Our Way (Spanish)

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/lightourway_spanish.pdf

"Points of Consensus"

Ethical standards, agreement required for National VOAD membership

Disaster Spiritual Care Points of Consensus (Ratified 2009)

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/poc_disasterspiritualcare.pdf

Disaster Spiritual Care Points of Consensus (Spanish)

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/POC_DisasterSpiritualCare_Spanish.pdf

Disaster Emotional Care Points of Consensus (Ratified 2015)

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/poc__disasteremotionalcare__final_2withformatcorrections.april2016.pdf

Disaster Emotional Care Points of Consensus (Spanish)

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/poc-disaster-emotional-care_spanish.pdf

Guidelines

Operational, behavioral and/or ethical recommendations from the Committee

Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines  (Ratified 2014)

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/national_voad_disaster_spiritual_care_guidelines__final.pdf

Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines Quick Reference (Ratified 2014)

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/dscg_quick_reference.pdf

Disaster Emotional Care Guidelines (Ratified 2020)

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/Disaster-Emotional-Care-Guidelines.pdf

Disaster Emotional Guidelines Quick Reference (Ratified 2020)

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/Quick-Reference-Guide-Disaster-Emotional-Care-Guidelines.pdf

Other Resources


National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Presentation to the Centers for Disease Control

https://www.nvoad.org/wp-content/uploads/cdc-nvoad-esc-presentation-8.pdf

Coming Soon in 2022

Webinar: Introduction to the National VOAD Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care Guidelines

Webinar: An Overview of the National VOAD Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines

Webinar: An Overview of the National VOAD Disaster Emotional Care Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions: The National VOAD ESC Guidelines Webinar Series