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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 7:31 am

The Headland Police Department and Troy University Dothan Campus have joined forces to sponsor an Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Seminar.

The two-day training course will provide certification in the area of Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).

“This seminar is not just for emergency personnel,” said Chief Mark Jones with the Headland Police Department. “This seminar is designed for anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge of individual crisis intervention techniques in the fields of businesses and industry, crisis intervention, disaster response, education, emergency services, employee assistance, healthcare, homeland security, mental health, military, spiritual care and traumatic stress.”

Tim Faulk, Ph.D., co-founder of Crisis Solutions of Dothan, will lead the seminar. He has been involved with public safety for more than 30 years, working as a firefighter, paramedic and in law enforcement. In addition, he received training through the American Academy of Experts in traumatic stress, which includes a board certification. During his career he has provided many hours of clinical assessment and treatment of victims of trauma.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Faulk instruct this seminar,” Jones said. “With his training and experience those who participate, I believe, will receive the best training in crisis intervention and peer support. High profile incidents have highlighted the need and importance of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Dr. Faulk continues to play a major role in providing regular monthly training to my officers.

“Law enforcement is like many other careers. You deal with unexpected situations all the time. However, your situations can turn into life or death situations. Over time, if a situation is not dealt with, it will help an officer get burned out. Dealing with anniversary dates of situations that an officer has faced is one of the hardest things an officer will deal with. Crisis intervention is sometimes called ‘emotional first aid,’ and this program is designed to teach participants fundamentals of and a specific protocol of individual crisis intervention.”

Seminar highlights are as follows: psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention; resistance, resiliency; and recovery continuum; critical incident stress management; evidence-based practice; basic crisis communications techniques; common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions; putative and empirically-derived mechanisms; SAFER-revised model and suicide intervention.

The seminar is scheduled for Feb. 24-25 at 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., at Troy University Dothan Campus. It will be held in the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. A registration fee of $250 per person is required. Seating is limited.

Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission approved for LEOs CEUs and executive CEUs. Both receive 11 hours of credit.

To register, call 701-9624.                                                                                                                         


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