As part of my graduate training, I participated in COUN 546: Grief and Loss Counseling, which provided training in how to develop crisis prevention programs for schools, as well as specific interventions when working with students experiencing grief, loss, trauma, or crisis. As part of the class, I reviewed a children's book about grief and loss. In addition, I attended CPI's Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training (see picture to the right), which trained me in methods to safely manage assaultive and disruptive behaviors.
During my internship at Centennial High School, I was given the opportunity to teach several ninth grade classes about Suicide Prevention. I used a slide show created by the counseling team, and learned a great deal about how to best present this information in the future.
My previous work experiences at Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring organization and as a teacher at Balsz K-8 School also provided me opportunities to develop skills in prevention and crisis intervention. AtBig Brothers Big Sisters, I regularly:
Interviewed potential participants, which included frank, confidential discussions about safety.
Checked in (monthly) with children, mentors, and family to ensure safety.
Worked with school staff to be certain that mentors & students met in public places and transparent about activities.
Reported suspected physical or emotional abuse to my supervisors and DHS.