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Spiritual and Psychological First Aid Intensive Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.


Spiritual and Psychological First Aid Intensive - April 26-27,2017
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
Special Early Bird Price $199

This two-day (13-hour) course creatively utilizes an interactive educational format. Participants will engage in group discussion, individual and group exercises, interactive lecture, observation of videos, and practice through role-plays. This intensive will enhance an individual’s ability to provide an effective emotional and spiritual care ministry with survivors in disaster, emergency, trauma, and crisis settings.

Spiritual and Psychological First Aid takes place off-site at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4025 Wards Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502 on April 26-27, 2017.

Wednesday, April 26th – 1:00 - 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 27th – 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, April 27th – 1:00 - 5:30 PM

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 two-day course trains participants in the fundamental principles of spiritual and psychological first aid (SPFA). Care provided in SPFA is defined as a compassionate and supportive presence designed to mitigate acute distress, assess needs, provide essential supportive care, and link with other support systems as needed for ongoing spiritual, emotional, and mental healthcare.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
• Identify evidence-informed foundations for SPFA
• Articulate an understanding of the ministry of presence and companioning
• Define the essential elements of connecting and communicating with people in crisis
• Explore human resiliency and commonly experienced psychological/ behavioral reactions
• Demonstrate assessment skills for determining emotional and spiritual needs
• Recognize basic human needs
• Demonstrate essential interventions to help stabilize and protect people in crisis
• Link those served with existing community support services and develop an ongoing care plan

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., is a professional counselor, life coach, crisis response trainer, author and speaker. She conducts training, counseling, and coaching in the field of grief, crisis, and trauma through the Institute for Compassionate Care and is an approved instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, teaching several CISM courses. Jennifer also provides divorce coaching, training, and speaking through Emerge Victorious, a ministry for women rebuilding their lives after divorce. She is the co-author of The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders, with her husband, Dr. Kevin Ellers, and Emerge Victorious: A Woman’s Transformational Guide after Her Divorce, with Sandra Dopf Lee.

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) Approved Training: 13 hours (two-day training)

*Entire course must be completed in order to receive the certificate of completion from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

Price: $199.00

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