Volunteers

Our goal is to provide a wide variety of trainings to all of our MRC members, whether you have recently joined, or have been a member since Denton County MRC’s inception. We hope that we will expand upon your current skills, and help you develop new ones.  We aim to stay ahead of the curve of what is coming for MRC units across the country.

This training calendar is tentative; courses are subject to change if necessary.    Any changes made will be updated on the MRC web portal (mrc.dentoncounty.gov).  We suggest checking the web portal often for updates.  Approximately one month prior to a training date, you will receive a reminder email from Seth Roberts with a Training Flyer, which will provide you with more details.

You must register for all training on the MRC web portal, at mrc.dentoncounty.gov.  We require registration in order to plan facility space and prepare materials. Sign in, click “Volunteer Training” and click the green "Sign Up" button under the training you wish to register for.

We understand that our lives are busy and plans change. If you have registered for a training, but cannot attend, we ask that you notify us immediately so that we can allow space for someone else. If you are interested in a training or have additional questions, please contact Seth Roberts.

Training Schedule
October – 2020
Title COVID 19 Test site 49
Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: University of North Texas Discovery Park - Parking Lo
3940 N Elm St
Denton, TX 76207
Description:
November – 2020
Title Point of Dispensing (POD) 101
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Online - Online
Online
Online, TX Online
Description:

A Point of Dispensing (POD) site is a mass medication dispensing location that is capable of providing emergency medication or SNS supplies to protect the general population from biological threats or epidemics in a timely and efficient manner. In this training we will go over job specific information as well as cover setup, operations, and demobilization of Points of Dispensing (POD). At this training we will cover information for the upcoming POD as well.

Topics covered:
•Define SNS Mission, Assets, and Response
•Define POD Management and Ways to Optimize Flow
•Identify what a POD is and Define Mass Antibiotic Dispensing POD Basics
• Identify Policies, Laws, Resources and Supplies to Support Dispensing

February – 2021
Title CPR & AED (for non-medical)
Date: Saturday, February 06, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Health Department - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description: This course will teach the basics of CPR and how to use an AED unit. Attendees will learn how to recognize and respond to an emergency situation; help someone in respiratory and cardiac distress; perform CPR on adults and children; and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) until emergency help arrives. The course also covers basic information about preventing the spread of disease. All participants will receive a CPR card. Target Audience: All MRC volunteers
Title Ham Certification (2 day class)
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Sunday, February 21, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

This is a 2-day Technician (entry-level) course, and it includes your license manual, handouts, and test fee.  (Denton County MRC will pay the cost of the course, materials and test fee--you agree to help us as an MRC Ham Operator).  The test will be given at the end of the class on Sunday (Day 2). Course hours are from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday (Day 1), February 20, and from 12:00 pm (Noon) to 5 pm on Sunday, (Day 2) February 21.  You must attend both days to be certified.

Instructor: Allan Batteiger has 30+ years of ham radio experience, has taught this course for 7 years, and is a dual accredited Amateur Examiner. His students have a 98% pass rate on the exam, and he comes highly recommended.

 

March – 2021
Title Critical incident stress management (CISM) Part 1: Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 – Friday, March 12, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

This 2-day workshop is designed for anyone who desires to increase their knowledge of individual (one-on-one) crisis intervention techniques. Crisis Intervention is NOT psychotherapy; rather, it is a specialized, acute, emergency mental health intervention that requires specialized training. This workshop is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention. 

Workshop Highlights
Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention, Resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum, Critical incident stress management, Evidence-based practice, Basic crisis communication techniques, Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions, Relevant  and empirically-derived mechanisms,  SAFER-Revised model, Suicide intervention, Risks of inadvertent “harm”.

April – 2021
Title Medical Reserve Corps Orientation
Date: Saturday, April 03, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps Orientation is designed to introduce new members to the MRC process.  It includes: Medical Reserve Corp information session, volunteer roles and responsibilities, Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), contact and deployment procedures, and Point of Dispensing (POD) and Shelter Operations team assignments.

Target Audience: Denton County Citizens interested in volunteering (not for current volunteers)

Title Critical incident stress management (CISM) Part 2: Group Crisis Intervention
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 – Friday, April 30, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

This 2-day workshop is designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic, and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum. The Group Crisis Intervention workshop will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusing’s and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.

Workshop Highlights: Relevant research findings, Relevant recommendations for practice, Incident assessment, Strategic intervention planning, “Resistance, resilience, recovery” continuum, Large group crisis interventions, Small group crisis interventions. Possible adverse outcomes associated with crisis intervention, Reducing inadvertent risks, (CISD).

May – 2021
Title Until Help Arrives (with Stop the Bleed)
Date: Saturday, May 08, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description: Injuries can happen at any time. In fact, you never know when you might find yourself in a situation where someone, a stranger perhaps, needs immediate medical help for a life-threatening injury. You are the most important help available to someone with a serious, life-threatening injury. When someone experiences a life-threatening emergency, the first care they can get can be the difference between life and death. We will also give you hands on training on Stopping the bleed techniques using tourniquets.
June – 2021
Title Medical Reserve Corps Orientation
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 – Saturday, June 19, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps Orientation is designed to introduce new members to the MRC process.  It includes: Medical Reserve Corp information session, volunteer roles and responsibilities, Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), contact and deployment procedures, and Point of Dispensing (POD) and Shelter Operations team assignments.

Target Audience: Denton County Citizens interested in volunteering (not for current volunteers)