Just got a surprise! The LivingWorks International Trainer Conference just completed in Atlanta Georgia where my good friend and fellow Trainer, John Avery, retired Sergeant Salinas Police Department was in attendance. John was part of our team that brought safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to the nation of Zambia for the first time.
Zambia is a country of 15 million and has only one mental health facility (Chainama Hospital) in Lusaka at which (at the time) were 8 mental health professionals for the country. We had six out of the eight in our class. I have been informed by our contact, Benjamin Samusiko that a number of these clinicians are now disbursed throughout the country.
LivingWorks included our outreach to Zambia in their Annual Report for 2016. You can download the report below and check out page 45! Thanks for sending to us John.
Its hard to believe but this is our seventh year here in Westminster, MD. We have an extraordinary team of Senior Chaplains leading our team as it continues to grow in scope and purpose.
This year's class had the privilege of introducing Maria Espinoza and Tim Lyng of The Remembrance Project to our students.
CAREForce, in collaboration with The Counseling Team International, have launched a nationwide professional intervention response group that will provide needed support services to U.S. citizen and legal immigrant families whose loved ones were killed by an illegal alien. With grief and crisis intervention as priority needs of surviving families, these peer support, mental health professionals and chaplains will offer immediate holistic physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual support to help meet each family’s unique needs. Services will be provided upon request for immediate point-of-need critical incident intervention response.
Excited to bring you an update on our Zambia initiative begun last year. As you may remember, part of the initiative was to develop the faith based community to become a delivery infrastructure for support for gender based violence, substance abuse and suicide issues.
Zambia is a country of 15 million people with only one mental health facility for the country and (at the time of our visit) 8 mental health professionals of which we were able to bring the first safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to the nation and train 6 of the 8 mental health professionals. We additionally were able to train a number of chaplains and community individuals in crisis intervention. You can see more on some of our other blog post videos on this site.
In order to make this effective and while working with the Ministry of Health for the nation, Celebrate Revovery was chosen as a delivery model to develop support groups to reach out to the commmunity. Here is a quick...