Take a few minutes to listen to an impromptu conversation between Lt Colonel Ken Koons of Armed Forces Mission and Sr Chaplain Ken Schlenker of CAREForce at the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference on the issue of suicide facing our nation.
"I have known Sr. Chaplain Ken Schlenker, M.Div. for a decade. He is an Approved Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (a United Nations affiliated organization I co-founded 22 years ago) and Resiliency Science Institutes. I have known his work through both affiliations. Sr. Chaplain Schlenker is bright and energetic. One conversation with him and a review of his accomplishments reveal him to be a true visionary. His pioneering efforts and his dedication to excellence have led to seminal initiatives in the areas of crisis intervention and human resilience. He is an excellent trainer with an ability to effectively teach to persons at many different academic and experience levels."
Professor of Psychology, Loyola University
Maryland Associate Professor of Psychiatry,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
"I must say I am glad I took the classes and the opportunity to use what I was taught. I have a couple whose adult son went missing for a few weeks whom I was able to be with while their son was missing. I was able to talk with him when he showed back up. Also have a very close friend of my family whose son committed suicide. What made it even more difficult was that it was his second child to have done the same thing. The first occurring five years earlier. I was able to help them as a result of the things I learned in your classes. I didn’t say any of the stupid stuff people normally say and was just there for them to cry and talk with and help them physically with dinners. It’s hard to explain, but I saw the situation differently after your class. I knew how to walk with them in their grief. What you taught us made me a better person, I believe and am now more willing and wanting to help others then I ever have before. Thank you."
"I’ve known Ken for many years and have witnessed his mastery of developing and presenting cutting edge, student-centered training experiences using the principles of Instructional System Design. His passion and expertise in the area of crisis intervention strategies and suicide prevention are simply outstanding and their applications into the military, law enforcement and first responder communities provides a priceless service. Ken is always seeking to raise his bar of instructional knowledge and application which allows him to consistently deliver training at the highest levels. Ken is the finest example of instructional system design and deliver."
Santa Rosa PD Detective Ret. IDI Master Instructor Level 3&4 Facilitator, HeroTalk Podcast Host http://www.herotalkpodcast.com/