World-renowned humanitarian Patch Adams, MD, will keynote the Kristin Brooks Hope Center’s third annual training conference in Austin, Texas, which runs from Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28.
This year’s conference, themed “Crisis Intervention Without Limits,” features, among other world-class experts in suicide prevention and mental health care, COL-Ret George Patrin, MD, healthcare advocate and Advisory Council member with the Children’s Mental Health Network. Dr. Patrin will discuss both flaws and progress in identifying suicide risk, promoting prevention within our communities, especially for veterans and their families.
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Dr. Adams will provide two workshops in addition to providing the keynote address at the Saturday, April 27th annual awards banquet from 6 pm to 9 pm. The banquet is open to the public with a limited number of tickets going on sale Monday, March 4 for those not wishing to register for the entire conference.
For the second consecutive year, the KBHC conference, sponsored by the founders of 1-800-SUICIDE and IMALIVE.org, is being held in conjunction with the 46th annual American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Annual Conference, being held across the street from the IMALIVE Network Training Conference at the Hilton Hotel.
The conference marks the second anniversary of the world’s first virtual crisis center, bringing together crisis center staff and volunteers from across the country to learn how to effectively provide crisis intervention using the IMALIVE/Hopeline licensed text platform, how to leverage the Affordable Care Act to more effectively serve individuals in crisis, how to raise the visibility of virtual crisis centers and other issues central to suicide prevention efforts.
In addition, Dr. Adams, famed physician, social activist, citizen diplomat, clown and author, will speak on the “Use of Humor in Crisis Intervention” and “The Joy of Caring.” Other conference speakers include Charles Ray, M. Ed., past CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Health; Phil Evans, MBA, President/CEO of ProtoCall Services, who will discuss managing people, processes, and quality in a virtual, decentralized call center environment; and John Plonski, national director of the IMALIVE Network and author of the H.E.A.R.T program (Hearing Empathically As Responders Training).
About the Conference
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center Training Conference was established in 2011 to educate and support the staff and volunteers of the IMALIVE.org Network. To date, more than six million calls have been routed through the National Hopeline Network. However, millions more do not have the courage, the strength or the information to pick up the phone. To help these people connect to a certified trained crisis line worker, the National Hopeline Network teamed up with PostSecret.com and To Write Love on Her Arms to build the world’s first virtual crisis line network, staffed by trained and certified crisis line workers. Supervisors and volunteers are certified as competent through a landmark training program developed in partnership with one of the Hopeline Network’s founding board members, Paul Quinnett, Ph.D. The program has already trained 200 volunteers and expects to reach 1,000 by the end of 2014. The virtual crisis center, IMALIVE.org, officially launched in April 2011.
In the past 15 years, QPR Institute has trained over one million people as “Gatekeepers,” while the Hopeline Network has routed more than 6,000,000 callers. Quinnett, a pioneer in suicide prevention and the author of a seminal book on preventing suicide, Suicide, The Forever Decision, with over 500,000 copies downloaded, is once again leading the field with the landmark competency certification for volunteer and professional crisis intervention specialists. This training and certification make it possible for online counseling to be effective and as safe as any long-distance crisis intervention can be.
The QPR training program was made possible by a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Bank and the support of the PostSecret Community and TWLOHA*. Over 200,000 people voted for the KBHC-led IMALIVE project to win that grant.
- *The Kristin Brooks Hope Center, as a non-profit organization, is dedicated to suicide prevention by early intervention and healing and promotion of easy-to-remember points of entry to networked community-based crisis services through available means of communications; developing and promoting existing peer support programs and accountable care organizations on a local level; and building easily replicated best-practice models of systems of care.
- *PostSecret.com: Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret, the world’s largest blog is an ongoing community mail art project, in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. Over six million people follow PostSecret and have helped raise more than one million dollars in support of KBHC and the National Hopeline Network since 2005.
- *To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA): Jamie Tworkowski created TWLOHA, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide—and enlisted bands such as Paramore, Thrice, Anberlin, Switchfoot, Bayside, and The Almost to spread TWLOHA’s message. Jamie and TWLOHA joined national and international touring bands spreading their message of hope before bands took the stage each night. “Rescue is possible,” says Tworkowski. www.twloha.com.