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Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support

  • Thursday, February 19, 2009
  • 8:00 AM
  • Friday, February 20, 2009
  • 4:30 PM
  • Santa Cruz Police Department
In recent years, it has been widely recognized that many stresses can affect emergency service personnel. Today peer support teams in law enforcement, fire, EMS, dispatch, and other organizations are used for a variety of situations and critical incidents both on-duty and off
(California Peer Support Association, 2008).

The peer support skills taught in this course constitute psychological first aid. The class is designed for peer support personnel without formal training in mental health, as well as mental health professionals wishing
to increase their knowledge of individual crisis intervention techniques.

For more information please contact Sue Brandy or Diane Myers.

The two-day agenda will cover:

• The need for peer support in emergency services
• What is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
• Research on effectiveness of peer support and crisis intervention
• Recognizing signs and symptoms of distress
• Peer support communication techniques
• Things to avoid in helping others
• Skill practice in peer intervention
• SAFER protocol for supporting individuals in distress
• Suicide: a special case
• Challenges and problems in working with individuals in crisis

Topics and exercises will be tailored to the needs of the local community of responders. Class includes lecture, discussion, DVD, and skill practice.

California Peer Support Association, 1559B Sloat Blvd. #465, San Francisco, CA  94132

The California Peer Support Association is a registered non-profit with the California Franchise Tax Board and the Federal Internal Revenue Service (Tax ID 33-0952454).

The California Peer Support Association operates www.CaliforniaPeerSupport.org as a service to all Fire, Law Enforcement and other Emergency Personnel.

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