Community Training

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties provides community presentations at no cost. Whether you are interested in educating your workplace, classroom, or community members we invite you to contact us to learn more. 

All of our community trainings emphasize respect and empathy while providing practical communication tools.

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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

People of all ages and backgrounds attempt or successfully complete suicide. In the United States, over 48,000 people died by suicide in 2018 and there were a reported 1.4 million attempts of suicide.  

So why does suicide happen so often? The answer is not simple and unfortunately there are various of reasons as to why someone would consider or attempt to end their own life. It could be a personal loss or failure, the death of a loved one, social isolation, serious illness, drug/alcohol abuse, past trauma, a mental health condition or a combination of these things may lead to a person feeling suicidal. Some people are more at risk than others. In a lot of situations, the person does not necessarily want to die, they just want their suffering to end, and suicide seems like the most viable option. Harmful stigmatization of those that have considered, attempted, or completed suicide is a major barrier that causes individuals to refrain from seeking help.

That is where the Crisis Clinic comes in.

Understanding Crisis

  • Learn and practice skills to define, de-mystify and de-escalate “crisis”
  • Clarify what helps, what hinders, and why
  • Gain skills to facilitate problem solving by focusing on identifying issues and processing feelings

Rescue Triangle

  • Learn how to recognize the Rescue Triangle and the role you play
  • The Victim, Rescuer, and Persecutor are roles we may play, not who we are as individuals. Sometimes we became used to these roles through our family, or societal teachings. Often we step into these roles without conscious intent and each role depends upon the other for the Rescue Triangle to operate. The Victim is simply trying to get their needs met. The Rescuer wants to help meet the need of the Victim and the Persecutor has over stepped the limits of help they can or are willing to provide.
  • Learn how to set boundaries

Levels of Listening

  • Recognize attitudes essential to effective communication
  • Learn and practice specific tools that aid problem solving
  • Understand how the attitudes and techniques work together to build trust and begin the process of solution finding
  • Learn how to recognize the rescue triangle and how clear boundaries empower others and us