The Ardmore Behavioral Health Collaborative, a partnership of local community action agencies, is set to host a trauma-informed full day seminar August 1 in conjunction with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Durant Police Department, Sara’s Project and the University of Oklahoma Medicine Trauma Program.
The training will cover preparation for community devastation and crisis recovery. Ashley Godwin, the director of ABHC, said the event is part of the Collaborative’s proactive initiative to create solutions to issues the community may face. Numerous mass shootings across the country in the early part of 2018 and requests for school safety programs prompted the agency to put together these community partners.
The morning session of the training will focus on Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training which was developed by ALERRT in 2004. Jesse Petty with the Durant PD will lead the workshop, providing strategies and guidance for the public to survive such an incident.
Sara’s Project, a local nonprofit which provides supportive services in times of crisis including child abuse, suicide or assault, will offer an overview of how their team assists the schools and the community in the event of a large-scale situation. Sara’s Project will also provide an overview of a longer program they offer which delves into suicide discussion, awareness and response.
OU Medicine’s Trauma Program will provide a national training program called Stop the Bleed, which provides training in lifesaving skills related to potentially deadly bleeding situations.
Godwin said Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant will wrap up the event with discussion on how crisis management teams and first responders are impacted by the stress of large-scale crisis events and how they manage after-care solutions.
Registration for the event is open now through July 27 online at The program will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Goddard Center in Ardmore.
Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided by ABHC. Continuing education credit approval is pending for 6.5 hours for LPC and LMFT credentials.