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Plocher certified Family Assistance Representative

March 24, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Robyn Plocher, MDiv, of Reinbeck was recently certified as a Family Assistance Representative by FEI Behavioral Health.

As a Family Assistance Representative Robyn may be called upon to provide direct services and logistical support on-site to survivors, survivor families, and victim families affected by a mass disaster. Such services include: providing information, making travel and lodging arrangements, and providing psychological first aid/emotional support.

Family Assistance Representatives must have a Master's level degree or higher in behavioral health or a related field and at least two years post master's experience. Plocher, who has been a certified trauma specialist with the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) since 1997, was able to complete her FEI certification with an intensive one-day seminar held in Clinton Township, Mich. last fall.

FEI is best known for coordinating disaster response services following aviation disasters. Major airlines contract with FEI to provide these services in accordance with the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996. Plocher is now part of a pool of volunteers who can be called upon to respond following an airplane crash or a natural disaster, such as the earthquake in Haiti.

Robyn Plocher is the AfterCare Specialist with the Abels and French-Hand Funeral Homes and an ordained Deacon appointed to the Reinbeck United Methodist Church.



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