GORDON R. DODGE, Ph.D, LP
DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH
PSYCHOSOCIAL SERVICES RESUME
(complete curriculum vitae available upon request)
P.O. BOX 485
204 Summit Avenue
Center City, Mn. 55012
PO BOX 221
204 SUMMIT AVENUE
CENTER CITY, MINNESOTA 55012
GORDON R. DODGE, PH.D., LP
Dr. Gordon Dodge has over 40 years experience as a psychologist in clinical, consultative, and educational services. He also has well established administrative, supervisory, and program development competence. He has a thorough understanding of both theoretical and applied aspects of community, clinical, and disaster psychology as well as rural sociology and international affairs. He has lectured and written extensively.
Within the fields of critical incident and disaster psychology Dr. Dodge has had extensive experience working with private industry, NGOs, emergency services, and other public agencies on a local, national, and international basis .He has well recognized competencies in emergency interventions, needs assessment, program planning and development, occupational stress management, and program evaluation; and has developed and field tested protocols and trained others internationally in these methods.. His demonstrated understanding of how to incorporate effective mental health interventions into other disaster response services and capacity building strategies has been recognized as creative, and domestically as well as internationally applicable.
In addition to responding to countless local trauma and disaster incidents Dr. Dodge has demonstrated stamina, initiative, coordination and leadership skills in major natural disasters in the United States as well as eight assignments in the former Yugoslavia during their war, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Bulgaria, the Gujarat earthquake in India, the KAL crash in Guam, two trips to Nairobi in follow-up to the embassy bomb blast, trainings assignment in Nicaragua, Bulgaria, Zambia, and South Africa; and psychosocial assessment, planning and program development with the Burmese refugees in Thailand, program development for Merlin and Helpage as well as a program evaluation assignment for the Danish Red Cross in Pakistan in response to the Kashmir earthquake, consultation and training for the Guyana Red Cross following civil conflict and mass murders and two missions to Haiti. For the American Red Cross Domestic Services he has responded to 16 major disasters, including Oklahoma City follow-up care, disaster mental health leadership services in New York following the World Trade Center bombing, consultative and intervention services following Senator Wellstone’s plane crash, post Hurricane Katrina mental health management, assessment, and planning, the San Diego Wildfires, Hurricane Harvey, served on the ARC Critical Response Team, and has provided a variety of other ARC trainings and consultation. He also conducted an assignment as principle consultant to the Canadian Red Cross in their development of a worker care program. These and other assignments have provided opportunity for Dr. Dodge to apply a wide range of knowledge and skills in a locally flexible, timely, and community and organizational resilience manner. Currently he serves as co-chair for the Psychosocial Section of the World Association for Disasters and Emergency Medicine.
As an administrator and clinical program director Dr. Dodge also has demonstrated the ability to complete responsibilities in staff supervision, recruiting, budgeting, procurement, policy and procedure development, monitoring, avaluation, and report writing. He also has served on and worked extensively with boards of directors, task forces, politicians, and governmental units.
TRAUMA AND DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY WORK
1988-present Director, Bamboo ( formerly and doing business as Gordon R. Dodge, Ph.D. LP and Associates) This position involves administration, supervision, assessment, consultation, training, debriefings, defusings, and other crisis management interventions as well as research and evaluation services with private industry, emergency services, and other organizations and individuals who experience critical incidents, trauma, and disaster. A staff of eight professionals is maintained to respond on a regional, nationwide and international basis as needs arise.
1991-present International Services Consultant. This position has involved a variety of disaster psychology consultations with several organizations, including the American Refugee Committee, the International Services Department of the American Red Cross, IFRC Psychosocial Reference Centre, the Danish Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Merlin, Helpage, and Resiliency,Inc., World Vision, and Suncokret. Specific assignments have been as follows:
– International Response Team Member –IDRU, American Red Cross., available and trained for rapid response international assessment, intervention, program planning and development; cross-disciplinary trained.
- Roster member, Reference Center (IFRC project)-Active status, leadership position to train, mentor, and demonstrate various psychosocial intervention methods to other roster members for international assignments, and respond to national society requests for consultation
- Psychosocial working group member, IFRC sponsored group of 8 members with international representation having on-going responsibility to provide advisement on policy and best practices for Red Cross and Red Crescent societies on psychosocial matters.
-Writer, trainer, and lecturer – presentations at approximately 25 international conferences and workshops of various aspects of disaster psychology, mental health, trauma, and psychosocial intervention. Writing includes professional papers, editing, and policy and protocol development for a variety of organizations. Most recent writing includes two chapters in the Praeger publication Handbook of International Disaster Psychology, and the Canadian Red Cross Worker Care Plan and Protocol
2015 –Present Co-chair for the Psychosocial Section of the World Association for Disasters and Emergency Medicine. Also, conducted training at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.
2013- Team leader for Helpage, conducting a psychosocial needs assessment, program planning, training, and program evaluation design for community based mental health services for earthquake survivors living in the IDP camps in Haiti.
Team leader for the American Red Cross on assignment to the Guyana Red Cross, conducting a rapid needs assessment, training for Red Cross, law enforcement, educational, social services, and Army personnel in psychological first aid, community mobilization, and staff care, in response to civil conflict and mass murders experienced in Guyana.
Evaluation team leader for the Danish Red Cross and Pakistani Red Crescent Society, conducting an in-depth evaluation of their psychosocial program based in the NW Frontier Province earthquake affected area, this program provided with ECHO funds.
Psychosocial consultant to Merlin and Helpage, two UK NGOs, assigned to the Kashmir area, Pakistan, to assess, plan, and initiate a comprehensive community-based psychosocial training, monitoring and evaluation, and intervention program.
Psychosocial consultant and trainer for the Canadian Red Cross, responsibilities include worker care plan and protocol development, pilot training, evaluation design, and program implementation.
-Burmese Refugees, Thailand. On this assignment I conducted a psychosocial assessment and planning with the refugees served by the American Refugee Committee in three camps along the Thai-Burma border.
-Gujarat Earthquake, India. This assignment involved a rapid psychosocial needs assessment, planning, and initial program development in response to an earthquake in western India, which killed over 20,000 people. This also provided an opportunity to field test the Rapid Psychosocial Needs Assessment Protocol that I had previously developed.
-Psychosocial Program Evaluation, Kosovo. This assignment was as team leader for an in-depth evaluation of an IFRC psychosocial program in Kosovo, and involved team member selection and coordination, instrument development, on-site evaluation, analysis, and report writing.
-Occupational Stress Management Protocol-draft developed for and presented to the International Services Department of the American Red Cross in response to the identified need for improvement of care for international staff.
-Psychosocial Consultation, former Yugoslavia. This was a series of five trips to various Yugoslavia settings, including Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, and Slovenia providing a range of consultation services to national and international humanitarian organizations. Also included in these trips was an evaluation of what was most helpful for both national and ex-patriate staff for their on-going occupational stress management, and an exchange of those findings across agencies.
-Embassy Bomb Blast, Kenya. This was a follow-up consultation to earlier work to review progress made on a USAID disaster mental health grant for victims of the embassy bomb blast, and involved program development consultation, conflict mediation, training, evaluation design, and writing.
-Staff and Program Development, Bulgaria. This involved consultation and training for American Red Cross international delegate staff working in the Balkans on stress management and psychosocial programming.
-International Response Team Development, Nicaragua. This involved training of the international response team of the American Red Cross on methods of psychosocial assessment as well as occupational stress management.
-Protocol for the Rapid Assessment of Psychosocial Needs- This was developed under contract with the American Red Cross, in follow-up to the work in Albania, and included a thorough literature review and interorganizational consultation, protocol writing, and presentations at key international conferences.
-Embassy Bomb Blast, Kenya. This assignment involved program development consultation and training to USAID project staff, IFRC, Kenya Red Cross, and eight other local agencies providing mental health, public information, and rehabilitation services to the embassy bomb blast survivors and their families.
-Kosovo Crisis, Albania. In this assignment I participated in a three member international psychosocial assessment and planning team for IFRC. This involved meeting with refugees and responding agencies in the camps as well as at the national and international level, and designing a comprehensive emergency, rehabilitative, and capacity development plan.
-Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Refugee Staff Working in Yugoslavia. This was a presentation at the Psychosocial Effects of Complex Emergencies Conference Held in Washington, February, 1999.
Domestic National Disaster Work
Current Status and Availability - Mental health volunteer status with the American Red Cross Disaster Services. As such I maintain managerial rank, serve on the Critical Response Team, respond to national disasters on a regular basis, participate in policy and procedure advisement, state level leadership, serve on a rapid response team, and provide national level disaster mental health training. Specific national disaster assignments have been as follows:
Hurricane Harvey – A two week assignment for the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Service as program manager. This involved development and management of Red Cross services as well as improving local capacity.
Colorado Floods – This assignment was as manager of an isolated Red Cross program in the Rockies, and required developing and supervising a wide range of disaster mental health services.
Northern Florida Floods – Program managerial responsibilities over the mental health disaster response services, from initial response stage through completion of national team tenure.
San Diego Wildfires – Managerial assignment developing a pilot program of integrating mental health services into mass care kitchen and ERV outreach functions.
Hurricane Katrina – Managerial assignment for the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi, with principle focus in the assessment and planning for disaster mental health transitional services.
Arizona Wildfires – In charge of the disaster mental health services at the Overgaard Services Center; involved supervision, program development and community organization, administration, and staff care.
World Trade Center Attack – Family Assistance Center (Pier 94) mental health leadership position in the early emergency phase (September), supervision, program design, crisis intervention, interagency coordination.
Typhoon Paka – Guam. This involved a range of service center, outreach, trauma, and grief work.
Red River Valley Floods – This was an assistant officer status in two phases. First was a leadership role in headquarters during the emergency phase providing typical administrative leadership services. Subsequently I conducted a follow-up needs assessment and developed a proposal request for long-term disaster mental health intervention services.
Korean Airline Crash - This was a two-week assignment in Guam working with the families of the air crash victims, and a special assignment with the SWAT team of the Guam police who were first responders at the crash site.
Washington Floods – This assignment involved a full range of headquarters, service center, and community outreach services.
Tropical Storm Jerry – This assignment included service center, staff care, and shelter mental health services.
Oklahoma City Hotline – This was a basic hotline mental health service offered to those involved in or affected by the bombing in Oklahoma City.
Other Professional Background
1980-2016 :President, co-director, and chief psychologist-Lakes Area Human Services, Inc. Forest Lake, Mn.
1987-present: law enforcement consultant and critical incident stress management trainer and program development consultant.
Earlier Professional Work
Clinical Director-Family Services St. Croix.
Consulting Psychologist-Mn. Dept. of Corrections.
School Psychology and Social Work Coordinator-Mn Dept of Education.
Community Psychologist-Northern Pines Guidance Clinic.
Community Psychologist-Northwest Mental Health Center.
Various faculty college and university assignments.
Doctorate in Psychology, community and clinical psychology, rural sociology minor, 1997, University of Minnesota.
Licensed as a psychologist by the state of Minnesota, 1975 to present.
Professional malpractice insurance maintained, $1 million/3 million.
Passport and vaccinations current.
Certified as a first responder since 1992 to 2015 by the Minnesota Dept. of Health.
Active membership in the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
Publications, Papers, and Major Presentations – 98 listings, available upon request.
References – Available upon request.
Complete Curriculum Vitae available upon request