Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Preparing to help those in crisis

Crisis Hotline holding workshops to educate community, volunteers

Express Staff Writer

    Studies show that people who at least are familiar with how to handle a crisis perform better with stressful situations than those who choose to hope it won’t happen to them.
    Crisis Hotline invites the public to a series of speakers over the coming weeks who will offer information—free—to anyone interested in developing better listening skills and learning about the dynamics of crises such as family violence, alcoholism, codependency, depression, child abuse and neglect, mental illness, sexual assault, suicide and more.
    Those who attend all the sessions and who are interested in taking their training one step further can offer to answer the hotline phone, which usually involves two days a month of carrying the phone.
    The sessions, which started March 25, will continue on Thursdays, March 27, and then on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 24. The sessions run from 6-8 p.m.
    The classes will be held at 706 South Main St. in Hailey, next to the old Hailey Chamber of Commerce office on the north side of the Blaine Manor parking lot. Use the outside stairway to the lower-level meeting room.
    On Thursday, March 27, speakers will include life coach Cyn Hannah on grief counseling skills and Melissa Boley on trauma and resiliency.
    On Tuesday, April 1, the class will focus on listening skills and suicide intervention with Eve Heart.
    On Thursday, April 3, Carolyn Nystrom, the director of Hospice of the Wood River Valley, will speak.
    On Tuesday, April 8, private therapists Nancy Kneeland and Greg Greenfield will speak on suicide intervention/substance abuse and recreational drug awareness, respectively.
    On Thursday, April 10, Gay Miremont from St. Luke’s Mental Health Clinic will speak, and Katie Nosworthy, with Planned Parenthood, will speak about LGBT issues.
    On Tuesday, April 15, Tricia Tobias will speak about suicide intervention, as well as domestic violence and sexual assault.
    On Thursday, April 17, school social worker Todd Gunter will address listening to youths and psychotherapist Rosemary Kells will offer helping skills.
    On Tuesday, April 22, Darrel Harris, youth program coordinator from The Advocates, will cover bullying, domestic violence and children and power-based abuse.
    Finally, on Thursday, April 24, Crisis Hotline Director Sher Foster will explain the organization’s role in the community.
    For more information, contact Foster at 721-2929.

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