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Disaster and Refugee Response: Global Principles and Practice

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July 10, 2019
July 13, 2019
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CHSC Shalom Retreat and Training Center
Shalom Retreat Center at BailiTeal Farm
Grand Saline, TX 75140 United States
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(903) 962-4000

Disaster and Refugee Response: Global Principles and Practice

July 10, 2019 - July 13, 2019

Course Description

Daily headlines of disasters and crises can overwhelm or prompt us to action. Gain resources to put principles into practice, engage with coordinated relief efforts, minister to affected populations, and maintain resilience. 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. 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.

For more on Sphere see – What is Sphere?

Continuing Education

Continuing medical and nursing education credits are pending.

Registration and Logistics

This course is held at CHSC Shalom Retreat and Training Center in Grand Saline, TX, July 10-13, 2019. Course activities run 12-6 pm on Wednesday July 10, 8 am-6 pm on Thursday July 11 and Friday July 12, and 8 am-4:30 pm on Saturday July 13. 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 9 and depart July 14; full course price includes tuition, room (shared) and board from dinner July 9 through breakfast July 14. A commuter rate is offered which includes lunch daily.


Full course price (tuition, room and board) – $625
Students – save $50 off the Full course price! Use Promo Code RESPSTUD.

Commuter (tuition and daily lunch) – $180

You can pay in full today or reserve your spot in this program with a $65 deposit.

Course Reviews

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

“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.”

For more information contact Laura Smelter –, 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 ($65).

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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