MHF staff members in action during their training. Photo contributed
St. Maarten News – For the past 10 years, the Mental Health Foundation has provided mental health services to St. Maarten, and more recently to neighboring islands such as Saba and Statia. These services that cater a range of needs, including the stimulation of awareness and knowledge on mental illness, clinical care, ambulant care, crisis prevention and intervention.
The staff of the MHF has recently completed the nonviolent crisis intervention training provided by the Eastern Caribbean Training and Development Center (TDC) .
The philosophy of this program is to provide the best possible “Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security” for the clients and the staff, even in the face of crisis situations. The program includes models such as the Crisis Development Model. It outlines four levels in the development of a crisis, as well as the attitudes and approaches required by the staff to handle the situation appropriately.
Source: Today SXM MHF staff members complete crisis intervention training