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Learn how to respond effectively to a mental health crisis in your library during this TLA preconference

2019 March 13
by Kyla Hunt

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites you to join us at our preconference, Mental Health Crisis Planning and De-Escalation Practice. This will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn how to respond effectively to a mental health crisis. Develop skills needed to address and de-escalate crisis situations in a calm, responsible and compassionate way.

Mental health issues impact one in five Americans each year; this prevalence rate is a higher than for cancer, diabetes and asthma. Join us to learn how to respond effectively to a mental health crisis. Develop skills needed to address and de-escalate crisis situations in a calm, responsible and compassionate way in this training provided collaboratively by the Austin Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team, Travis County’s local mental health authority Integral Care, and the Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Practice scenario-based de-escalation techniques and get feedback from our experts. Leave this preconference with tools and strategies to develop a plan for your library.

Learning Outcome 1:

Attendees will receive an overview of the different identifiers of mental illnesses and mental health crisis, along with the causes of crisis. They will also learn early warning signs and behavioral cues when responding to a crisis situation. 

Learning Outcome 2:

Attendees will review the methods and techniques used to effectively communicate with a person in a mental health crisis and will learn when and how to call 911 along with what to expect when the police arrive.

Learning Outcome 3:

Attendees will learn how to develop a plan for a crisis situation and will practice de-escalation techniques and receive feedback from experts.

Presented by Karen Ranus (Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Austin), Marisa Aguilar (Licensed Professional Counselor, Integral Care) and an Austin Police Department officer from their Crisis Intervention Unit (most likely Jaime Von Seltmann).

Questions about the session? Please contact ld@tsl.texas.gov or call 1-800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas). You can also view TLA conference registration information https://txla.org/annual-conference/registration/rates/.

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