Dangerous vs. Difficult: Useful Tools for Responding with Compassion and Concern to Homelessness

Saturday, November 17, 2018



Upcoming Community Presentation: 

Learning De-escalation Techniques and Personal Perspectives on Homelessness 

Are you a resident who notices increased numbers of homelessness in your neighborhood?

Are you a business owner unsure of how to respond?

Are you working to respond to those living homeless?



Join us for the last session in the Homelessness in Our Community

Dangerous vs. Difficult: Useful Tools for Responding with Compassion and Concern

Dr. Kevin St. Jacques PsyD, LMHC, CCIS-III, CAMS-II will share how to assess and engage in a potential crisis situation with effective de-escalation techniques - and we will hear directly from two representatives of the Real Change Speakers Bureau about the challenges of being homeless.

Tuesday, November 20th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Ronald United Methodist Church (17839 Aurora Ave Shoreline)

OR

Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Kenmore City Hall (18120 68th Ave. NE)

Contact staff@nuhsa.org for more information. See you there!



2 comments:

Anonymous,  November 18, 2018 at 7:51 AM  

If a situation requires "de-escalation" it is BY DEFINITION dangerous! Stop with the propaganda already!

Kelly Dahlman-Oeth November 20, 2018 at 7:20 PM  

Actually, I engage in de-escalation on a regular basis. I de-escalate at home when my sons are arguing about video games or chores or any other thing.
I have been in meetings (even at church) when I have needed to de-escalate the situation.
This past Friday, I was with a group of teenagers and was de-escalating constantly.
We all practice de-escalation at times. Very few of us need to do it in a dangerous situation. The key is knowing the difference.
In 10 years working with 100's of folks who are struggling with homelessness, addiction and/or mental illness, I have never once felt in imminent danger. I have never been hit or threatened with physical violence.
Promoting fear is actually propaganda.
I hope folks will take time to learn about trauma informed care and de-escalation.

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