Trauma response teams are now found within most communities and many emergency service organizations. They provide a range of services to emergency response workers, their organizations and their communities, and are now viewed as essential parts of almost every emergency preparedness plan. In order for these teams to be effective however, it is vital that considerable preparation and effort go into the design of the team, articulation of team mandate and functions, selection and training of team members, and the ongoing maintenance and administration of the team. This chapter includes guidelines on recruitment, team training, team deployment, and objectives. The responsibilities of the team members at various events are at different stages of the disaster are also outlined. Finally, the chapter provides a model for team training that includes team building, discussions about boundaries and ethics, effective listening, individual assessment skills, and groupwork skills.
Keywords: team training; team deployment; training; ethics; team building; groupwork; roles; learning theory
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