Volunteers needed to help people through tough times

The Mental Health America Wabash Valley Region is looking for people to become crisis intervention specialist.

Posted: May 28, 2018 8:06 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — According to Mental Health America, at some point in our lives, we may all need help. At others times, we may be the helper.

The Mental Health America Wabash Valley Region is looking for people to become crisis intervention specialist. The application to become a volunteer can be found here. You will need work and volunteer experiences and a list of references for this application.

The MHA crisis center provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention and emotional support. Volunteers will be taught to provide a listening ear without judgment or criticism. The goal is to improve mental health in the community.

During summer training, there are six sessions you are required to attend before you become a crisis intervention specialist. You will be going over applied suicide intervention, empathy and values, and problems and options.

Summer Training:

Session 1 | Thursday, June 7 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 1

Session 2 | Friday, June 8 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 2

Session 3 | Monday, June 11 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Empathy & Values

Session 4 | Wednesday, June 13 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Problems & Options

Session 5 | Monday, June 18 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Assertiveness & Emergency

Session 6 | Wednesday, June 20 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Cultural Competency, New CIS Orientation & Graduation

A graduation ceremony and reception will be held immediately following the New CIS Orientation at 12:00 noon at MHA.

If you can't make the summer sessions, there is training available in the fall.

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