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Crisis Intervention Partners Training
Posted 5/9/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Human Services – Crisis/Legal Services is hosting Crisis Intervention Partners (CIP) training. This is a two-day 16-hour free training designed for wide ranging audiences who are interested in better understanding and improving interactions with people who experience mental health crises. CIP is designed for and dedicated to individuals who work in professions related to crisis services (i.e. corrections officers, EMS personnel, fire fighters, social workers, community crisis intervention oriented, or educators, hospital and emergency room personnel, etc.).

•June 19-20, 2017 8am-4pm MSTC in Wisconsin Rapids, 500 32nd Street N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
•June 26-27, 2017 8am-4pm Wildwood Station, 1800 S. Roddis Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449

Register by June 12, 2017

Program Learning Goals for CIP
1.Basic education on human development & the impact of trauma.
2.Presentation & discussion with person living with mental illness.
3.Education on safe, effective, crisis de-escalation and active listening skills.
4.Self-care, building support networks, and resiliency.
5.Interactive role-plays on crisis de-escalation with feedback from trainers.
6.Auditory hallucination (hearing voices) simulations.
7.QPR-Suicide Prevention.

See link for a registration form.
Wood County Human Services presents Dementia: Crisis Prevention/Planning & Legal Structures Training
Posted 5/5/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Dementia: Crisis Prevention/Planning & Legal Structures Training

Speakers and Topics Include:
Wood County Corporation Counsel, Peter Kastenholz, will discuss the legal parameters that provide a foundation for protecting and advocating for our elderly and disabled community. We will discuss Powers of Attorney, Guardianship, Protective Placement, EMTALA, review CH. 51, 54, & 55 as they relate to those with Dementia and how we can best support them.

Legal Services/APS will also provide a general understanding of the procedures of Adult Protective Services, Crisis Plans & Prevention, and Suicide Prevention for Elderly-QPR.

•May 31, 2017 from 9 am – 4 pm (CEU’s applied for pending approval from the NASW) 
•Mid-State Technical College – Auditorium, 500 32nd St. N., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
•Registration due NO LATER THAN May 24, 2017
•$25 per person to attend

Who should attend? 
Social workers, case managers, long term care providers, senior living/housing staff, ADRC, MCOs, caregivers, law enforcement, hospital/ER staff, home health agencies, senior centers, assisted living staff and elder support groups.

See attached registration form for more details and how to register.
Adverse Childhood Experiences Training
Posted 3/23/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Human Services, in partnership with Children's Hospital of WI and Healthy People Wood County, will be providing FREE ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) trainings to the communities within Wood County.

There are 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The more ACEs an individual has, the higher their ACE score and greater their risk for long-term consequences.

Please see the attached flyer for the variety of dates and locations of these FREE trainings.
Crisis Intervention Team Training Offered
Posted 3/13/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Human Services — Crisis/Legal Services, Wood County Sheriff's Department, Marshfield Police Department, and Wisconsin Rapids Police Department are hosting Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for law enforcement officers on June 5-9, 2017.

CIT is a comprehensive five-day, 40-hour training session designed to assist law enforcement officers and other first responders in recognizing and understanding the signs and symptoms of mental illness including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, as well as learning various options to facilitate de-escalation of a mental health Consumer in crisis.

·You will learn about the legal issues associated with emergency commitments §Chapter 51.15.
·You will learn about resources in your community that are available to mental health consumer and their families.
·You will learn how interacting on a regular basis in this kind of outreach program reduces the potential for crisis and/or injury of the officer, consumer or other members of the community.

This training is modeled after the recognized Best Practices "Memphis Model". Visit http://www.citwisconsin.org for additional information on CIT.

FSET Success Story
Posted 1/10/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Leon Taylor enrolled in the Food Share Employment & Training (FSET) Program in June 2016 and set goals of obtaining employment and earning his GED. Leon was hired in housekeeping at the Hotel Mead in August 2016 and still works there today. FSET provided Leon with gas cards for job searching and purchased the shoes and clothing he needed to start work. FSET also provided gas cards for Leon to get to and from his job at The Hotel Mead. Leon continues to study for his GED with the support of Mid-State Technical College instructors, the Central Wisconsin Literacy Council, and his FSET Case Manager.

There is a video of Leon's success on the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services website. The link to the video is below.

On February 10th Leon and his Case Manager were in Madison as guests for the Governor's State of the State address.
Grant Awarded to Wood County Human Services
Posted 1/5/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

Wood County Human Services—Legal Services/Crisis Intervention Unit was awarded a Crisis Training Grant in the amount of just over $34,000 to use for training purposes by June 30, 2017.

We are developing a training plan that utilizes a learning collaborative approach to strengthen the crisis response system and enhance the ability of Crisis Interventionists and community partners to provide dementia-capable services.

 The following are goals as outlined in the grant proposal:

*To improve professional understanding and awareness of dementia. This will be accomplished by holding a training with guest speaker and geriatric specialist, Dr. Suzanna Waters-Castillo.

*To provide training opportunities to community partners with a broad focus on Crisis Prevention, legal structures related to the elderly, and navigating our local resources. This will be accomplished by holding a training with speakers from ADRC, Corporation Counsel, and Wood County Human Services.

 *All APS (Adult Protective Services) workers will become certified to administer the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) tool.

 *Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and Crisis Intervention Partners (CIP) trainings will be offered.

*All APS workers amongst other specialized workers will become trained on the Wisconsin STAR method for more effectively working with those with complex dementia.

Trauma Informed Care Approach
Posted 1/13/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Human Services Department began learning about what it means to utilize trauma informed principles of care as part of a department wide initiative. This process began with the development of a committee that includes employees from each service area throughout the department. Our vision for Trauma Informed Care is to empower and instill hope by understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma and creating a safe environment for consumers, employees, partners and our communities.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) shifts the perspective away from asking “what is wrong with you?” to instead ask “what has happened to you?”. We have recently completed an agency assessment that has provided information regarding areas of strengths and areas for improvements as we continue our journey towards becoming more trauma informed.

The principles of Trauma Informed Care align with our department mission, vision, and values; we believe that embracing the perspectives learned through research, regarding how traumatic stress can impact healing and recovery, we will have better outcomes for the consumers we serve.

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