Campuses join together for crisis response training

Thirteen Maine colleges and universities are participating in a two-day conference this Thursday and Friday at Colby College that will help develop regional college and university teams available to respond to critical incidents on campuses.

"The regional nature of the teams will provide mutual support among member campuses," says Dr. Liz Wiesen, director of the Counseling Center at Saint Joseph's College, who organized the statewide initiative along with colleague David Lischer.

The conference will provide common training in what is considered to be the "best practices" intervention for crisis response, a method called Critical Incident Stress Management. The two-day course prepares participants to employ a wide range of crisis intervention services and emergency mental health skills.

The training will be provided by Dr. Jeffrey Lating, the Director of Field Education at Loyola College in Maryland. He was formerly the Chief Psychologist and Director of Training at the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He is co- editor of P sychotraumatology and is working on a second edition of A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response.

Participating campuses include Bates College, Bowdoin Collge, Central Maine Community College, Colby College, Husson College, Maine Maritime Academy, Saint Joseph's College, Unity College, University of Maine-Farmington, University of Maine-Machias, University of Maine-Orono, University of Maine-Presque Isle and University of Southern Maine.
In addition to sending mental health clinicians, each college is encouraged to send other potential members of a college crisis team, such as a campus minister, security officer or high-visibility coach or faculty member.

March 16, 2004 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu