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Introduction to Disaster and Refugee Response: Sphere International Standards

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July 26, 2018
July 31, 2018
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Shalom Retreat and Training Center
Shalom Retreat and Training Center
GRAND SALINE, TX 75140 United States
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(903) 962-4000

Introduction to Disaster and Refugee Response: Sphere International Standards

July 26, 2018 - July 31, 2018

Register early and save! (See below.)

Course Description

Daily headlines of disasters and crises can overwhelm or prompt us to action.  How can we respond well?  Open to anyone, this program empowers participants to effectively contribute to global response efforts through knowledge and application of life-saving and dignity-upholding measures as outlined in the Sphere Handbook:  Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.  Developed by the international response community, the Sphere Handbook puts affected populations and the right to life with dignity at the center of humanitarian response.  It focuses on quality, accountability, and collaboration.  Interactive sessions contextualize universal minimum standards, key actions, and key indicators and cover four core life-saving areas:  water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion; food security and nutrition; shelter, settlement and non-food items; and health action.  Program participants will gain resources to put principles into practice, engage with coordinated relief efforts, minister to affected populations, and maintain resilience.

The Sphere Handbook contains the only internationally recognized evidence based practice standards for humanitarian response.

Click the image to view or download a copy of the Sphere Handbook.

For more on Sphere see – What is Sphere?

Join us as we study how to implement these standards this July.

Continuing Education 

Nurses – CEU provided by Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing – T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16383 for up to 32 CEU. Contact hours awarded based on session attendance.

Physicians – This Live activity, Introduction to Disaster and Refugee Response: Sphere International Standards, with a beginning date of 07/26/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 32.00 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Healthcare providers should check with their licensing and credentialing boards to confirm acceptance of credit.

Registration and Logistics

This course is held at CHSC Shalom Retreat and Training Center in Grand Saline, TX, July 26-31, 2018. Course activities are scheduled 8am-4:30pm daily, except Sunday 7/29 2pm-5pm and Tuesday 7/31 8am-12:15pm. Optional evening activities may be offered. When making transportation arrangements, please plan 2 hours driving time between Dallas airports and Shalom Retreat and Training Center. Participants staying at Shalom Retreat and Training Center are encouraged to arrive July 25; full course price includes tuition, room (shared) and board from dinner July 25 through breakfast August 1. A commuter rate is offered which includes lunch daily.


Full course price (tuition, room and board) – $725
Register by May 31, 2018 and save $50 off Full course price! Use Promo Code INTRO18EARLY.
Students – save $50 off the Full course price! Use Promo Code INTRO18STUD.

Commuter (tuition and daily lunch) – $225

You can pay in full today or reserve your spot in this program with a $75 deposit.

Course Reviews

“I most liked using scenarios where we had to apply the Sphere standards we were learning.”

“Public health and disaster response is my current job. This activity was very applicable.”

“Well taught course. Liked multiple teaching strategies. Very applicable and relevant. Great discussion and openness. I recommend.”

“Very relevant to overseas work as well as all areas of disaster and humanitarian relief.”

For more information contact Laura Smelter – [email protected], 903-962-4000

You should receive both an email receipt and a registration confirmation letter by email within 4 business days after registering.

Cancellation policy:

If you must cancel your registration, CHSC will refund the full amount paid minus an amount equal to the course deposit ($75).

If CHSC cancels a course (for example, due to low enrollment), we will inform all registered participants 1 month prior to the course start date and will refund the full amount paid. Participants are solely responsible for travel expenses. We encourage registrants to make travel plans after the 1 month course confirmation date.



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