Friday, May 29, 2015

Would you know how to lead your community out of Crisis?

If the Eustis Bombing happened last Monday, would you know how to lead your community out of Crisis?

The plot to attack the Eustis Police Department, several local churches and a youth camp was uncovered last week and saved countless lives. But if the bombing attack had occurred are you certified to lead in a crisis? Would you know how to respond?

Did you know only those trained and certified in crisis response are allowed to work on the scene of a disaster? If a School Shooting, Suicide, Bombing, Hurricane, Tornado, Fire, Flood, Car Fatality, Co-worker Suicide, Terrorist Attack or Airline Crash happened in Lake County would you know what to do to help someone?  If you were at the scene of a community shooting or disaster would you know what to do?


Would you know what to say to protect that person from developing PTSD? Would you know what do to protect yourself or those you care about from secondary trauma?

Become a Certified Trained Crisis Responder!

This 2 day crisis certification course was designed by experts after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 by the United States National Guard and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation as a rapid psychological response to community trauma.  It prepares you to manage a major crisis and lead a critical incident stress debriefing session, (CISD) while keeping yourself and family safe from psychological harm.

There are 8 TCR training modules in this certification class to equip you in dealing with community crisis events. You will learn the early warning signs of PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), how to prevent secondary psychological trauma while working as a first responder providing psychological first aid in real life scenarios.

 This rapid crisis stabilization process is taught by Dwight Bain, a certified crisis response trainer who worked at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and has equipped thousands with psychological survival skills to use until emergency management teams can arrive on the scene.  Crisis events will come to Florida – are you going to be prepared to help or will you be a helpless bystander?

“Up to 35% of those exposed to traumatic events such as disasters and terrorism will develop significant posttraumatic psychological distress and perhaps PTSD.”


This certification course is for counselors, clergy, teachers, nurses, lay counselors and anyone interested in becoming a trained crisis responder. Space is limited. Register now!

Trained Crisis Responder Certification


June 11-12, 2015 (must attend 9am-5pm both days to achieve certification)

Orlando 2-day Crisis Certification is only $89 (advance registration). Register now!



Trained Crisis Responder (TCR) Certification

Registration Form

June 11-12, 2015, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

ICISF Certified Instructor Dwight Bain
Training facility – Florida Hospital Waterman


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Refund and cancellation policy:  Full refund minus $25 processing fee if notice is given 10 days before workshop.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sexual Abuse

By: Cara Griffin-Locker

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is most commonly associated with those who have served in the war. However, PTSD can also be found in those who have suffered from sexual abuse. PTSD and sexual abuse are both sinister types of trauma that can affect anyone at any age from childhood to adult and often plays off the shame it instills in the victims. Victims of childhood sexual abuse are often too young to know how to vocalize or express concern, emotions or the need to seek help. Left untreated, PTSD can lead to depression, anxiety and a lifetime of agony.

In the U. S. Alone, one out of three females and one out of five males have been victims of sexual abuse before the age of 18 years.   The trauma that results from sexual abuse is a syndrome that affects not just the victim and their family, but all of our society. Sexual abuse, molestation and rape are such shame-filled concepts that our culture tends to suppress information about them.

Here are some symptoms that may help determine if you or someone you know are experiencing PTSD.

·         Reliving the event through nightmares or flashbacks. PTSD sufferers have very strong mental and physical reactions if something reminds them of the traumatic event. These physical reactions can be headaches, chest pain, dizziness, stomach pains or even immune system problems.

·         Avoiding activities, thoughts, feelings or conversations that remind them of the event.

·         Experiencing a loss of interest in important activities

·         Feeling all alone, having a hard time experiencing normal emotions or feeling like there is nothing to look forward to in the future.

·         Feeling like they can never relax and must constantly be on guard.

·         Experiencing trouble sleeping

·         Feeling irritable and overreacting when startled

·         Displaying angry outbursts

·         Having trouble concentrating.

Finding a skilled therapist is vital and the best way to get healing from the devastating effects of PTSD. . There are also support groups for PTSD as well as for victims of sexual abuse where you can talk with others who have been through similar experiences. There are many others who share the same pain and the good news is that there is help available. No one should - or has to - go through this alone.