New Hope Christian College in Eugene, Oregon is providing crisis intervention training to assist survivors of disasters and traumatic events The community and church can be a source of well-trained and equipped individuals to respond to the emotional, psychological and spiritual trauma that accompanies natural and man-made disasters. Trained crisis responders form response teams to assist emergency service personnel and communities in times of crises. A primary training program is the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) curriculum developed by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).
New Hope Christian College has scheduled three two-day CISM Conferences in Spring 2013. Each CISM Conference is taught by an approved ICISF instructor. The CISM courses satisfy ICISF requirements for certification in Spiritual Care in Crisis Intervention. A Christian perspective in the training supports the goal of soul care during times of crisis. The practical aspects of a “ministry of presence” are an essential part of the ICISF training program.
The cost per conference is $125, which includes a training manual and certification of training with ICISF and a box lunch on Saturday.
January 25 & 26, 2013
Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention
Instructor:, Kevin Ellers
Why do people kill themselves? How do I ask someone if they are feeling suicidal? What do I do if they say they ARE suicidal? How do I deal with the strong emotions suicide generates? This course provides practical answers to these and other questions many crisis interventionists have about suicide. Participants receive basic information about suicide and help in developing practical skills for prevention, intervention and postvention. Small group role-plays allow participants to apply the suggested techniques as they are learned.
March 1 & 2, 2013
Strategic Response to Crisis
Instructor: Jim Nelms
Knowing what sequence of crisis intervention processes to use for which individuals or groups, at what times, and under what circumstances is crucial to all effective early intervention programs. This course presents essential information for the assessment of crisis situations and the effects of critical incidents on people involved in those situations. Participants learn to create an effective plan of action to assist those in crisis and complete a series of exercises designed to sharpen assessment and crisis planning skills. Strategic planning and tactical decision making are emphasized, as are rationales for choosing one set of crisis intervention processes over another.
April 5 & 6, 2013
Grief Following Trauma
Instructor: Kevin Ellers
Participants identify major grief and loss concepts relating to trauma and traumatic death. Grief, trauma and their effects are looked at from a biblical perspective. The effect of sudden loss and the loss chain, which moves us to traumatization, is presented. Trauma’s effect upon children and the family unit is addressed. Concepts include normal and pathological grief responses, assessing factors contributing to the human response, and implementation of practical steps to help grieving people through the traumatic grief process by application of the CISM SAFER model and Rando’s theory of the grief process. Participants are challenged to consider personal issues relating to the stressors of trauma and grief care, secondary traumatization, and to develope a personal self-care plan.