Compassionate Reach International looks like an excellent resource for our professional development, located in New York State.  They will bring training to your location.

 Foundations of Compassion (The Three R’s of Responding to Crisis)

 Spiritual and Psychological First Aid (SPFA

 Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

 Cultural Compassion

Foundations of Compassion   (6 Hours)

When faced with the overwhelming idea of helping a friend, neighbor, or family member in crisis, many people feel ill-equipped. Thoughts of “I don’t know what to say,” or “I don’t know what to do,” often prevent them from reaching out to hurting people when they need it most.

This introductory level course is designed as a stand-alone to enable you to effectively help hurting people, or as the foundation course to becoming a Compassionate Reach or Sound of Life Radio Volunteer or Chaplain.

What you will learn:

  •  Understand the meaning of “Ministry of Presence”
  • Demonstrate Active Listening skills
  • Know what practical help is needed for individuals in crisis and how to provide it
  • Understand the process of grief, and physical and emotional impairment during times of loss

Spiritual & Psychological First Aid               (13 Hours over 2 days)

Providing effective emotional and spiritual care to individuals, families, and communities following critical incidents and in times of crisis requires special training, skills and understanding of the unique role of the crisis responder. This course seeks to prepare front line helpers to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of survivors by providing a basic understanding of: the ministry of presence; connecting; basic assessment skills, appropriate intervention; and developing an ongoing care plan and referral.
What you will learn:

Articulate an understanding of the ministry of presence and companioning.

  • Define the essential elements of connecting and communicating with people in crisis.
  • Demonstrate assessment skills for determining emotional and spiritual needs.
  • Demonstrate essential interventions to help stabilize people in crisis.
  • Link those served with existing community support services and develop a care plan.

Cultural Compassion  (1 day/ 6 hour)

Providing appropriate spiritual and psychological care in intercultural and interfaith settings requires basic knowledge, sensitivity, and humility. Without knowing how to serve others appropriately can cause offense, lack of communication, and even additional trauma.

What you will learn:

Identify cultural influences

  • Learn how to carefully observe, understand, and react in compassion to cultural differences
  • Learn the basic spiritual practices of prominent world religions
  • Understand how to develop a personal plan for culture shock, how to adapt, and post cultural reintegration

Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care     (½ day/ 3.5 hour)

Caring for people in a crisis or disaster is physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining and can negatively impact a person’s health and well-being. This course will help you develop a self-care plan to avoid compassion fatigue or burn out.

You will learn

  •  Signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout
  • How to develop personal boundaries
  • Self-care assessment tests
  • Evaluate personal resistance and resilience to fatigue and burn out.

Where is God? (Developing a Personal Theology of Suffering)

Calamities surround us at an increasing rate. Helping others during times of crisis and traumatic loss can challenge our worldview and shake our faith. Developing a personal theology of suffering is a necessary part of being an effective caregiver who can stand among the ashes and offer hope.

What you will learn:

  • the basis for suffering
  • Recognizing personal biases to helping others who are suffering
  • Faith resiliency during difficult times
  • “Compassion theology”

via Training Descriptions.

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