Self Care of the RAD Rapid Deployment Team



Written 2009. Last Updated April, 2014.

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‘RAD’ is a short term for a series of documents on Rapid Assessing of Local Wellness Psycho-Social Resources & Resilience Following Disasters


Care of the RAD team is a central aspect of RAD experiential learning. It is understood that RAD Team members may be exposed to:


o   lack of security

o   danger

o   an accumulation of potentially stressing traumatic scenes and stories

o   difficult living and working conditions

o   bureaucratic challenges


Given the foregoing, taking steps to ensure team safety is a paramount consideration


It is recognized that minimum periods be reserved on a daily basis for rest and short regular recuperation periods for team-support


Before sending the RAD team to an emergency context, information is obtained from the Organisation auspicing the Rapid Deployment Team relating to the team’s safety:


i)         Security of the urban and rural areas


ii)        Areas of military operations or other threatening situations


iii)       Protocols at Military Checkpoints and in using security escorts


iv)       Security requirements and assets (regulations, clearances, safety jackets, helmets, etc.)


v)        State of roads, bridges, airports, availability of transport, communications, etc.


vi)       Protocols re video and audio recording, photographing etc.


vii)     Securing gathered material and notes against appropriation and theft


viii)    Access to the territory (road convoys, river and sea shipping, airlifts and airdrops, “humanitarian corridors”, “windows of peace”, etc.


ix)       Prevalence of endemic diseases, vectors, vaccines needed, etc.


x)        Availability of medical treatment and evacuation plans/regulations


xi)       Presence of unexploded landmines, bombs, and artillery shells


xii)     Communication network(s)


xiii)    Procedures for international aid agreements


xiv)    Rights and authorizations for movements of people and goods (international flights, transit, landing)


xv)     Visa, customs regulations, clearance, number of photos needed, etc.


2)    At the end of RAD team meetings in the field, team members review together their experience, including:


                                                                                                                i.      Exploring processes that are working

                                                                                                              ii.      Unresolved issues and what can be done about them

                                                                                                             iii.      How issues are being resolved

                                                                                                             iv.      Learnings about what to do differently next time

                                                                                                              v.      Group mood changes throughout time in the field

                                                                                                             vi.      What is working in orienting to local changing context

                                                                                                            vii.      Sharing vital information and concerns with the whole team

                                                                                                          viii.      The leader role

                                                                                                             ix.      The nature and quality of Team interaction

                                                                                                              x.      Issues with intercultural Interfacing and how to resolve them

                                                                                                             xi.      Healing Values in Action

                                                                                                            xii.      How the Team is engaging in self-care

                                                                                                          xiii.      Adherences to Ethics, Norms and Values

                                                                                                          xiv.      Maintaining & Evolving the RAD Teams’ Wellness, Psycho-Social Resources & Resilience during the stay in the field





Other RAD Links:


·         Rapid Assessing of Local Wellness, Psycho-Social Resources & Resilience Following Disasters (RAD)                                                                         

·         Evolving RAD

·         Recognising and Evolving Local-lateral Links Between Various Support Processes

·         Regaining Balance through Mutual-Help - A Story from Life

·         RAD and Resilience

·         Action Researching RAD in the Field

·         Outline Of A RAD Project Proposal

·         RAD Experiential Learning Gatherings

·         Possible Terms of Reference for RAD Assessment of Local Psychosocial Resources and Wellness

·         Responsibility for Distributing RAD Reports




·         Lace Webs and Laceweb

·         The Laceweb Network


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