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Safety & Resilience Programs

Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Inc. develops and implements programs to promote safety and resilience in Chatham County.

The Safety and Resilience programs aim to meet our community’s needs for effective, accessible, and affordable resources and training in four main areas: (1) Suicide Prevention, (2) Emotional Wellbeing, (3) Trauma-Informed Practices, and (4) Health & Wellness.

We use a comprehensive public health approach to creating a suicide safer community by developing and implementing resiliency-building programs that address physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

To ensure equity and access to the Safety & Resilience resources for a wide range of professionals and community members, we offer various training programs and workshops at no or low cost.

PREVENT SUICIDE TODAY (PST) is a community-based program working to prevent suicide by raising awareness about suicide and providing skills-based evidence-based suicide intervention and prevention training, to include:

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an evidence-based 2-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid that teaches participants to carry out life-saving interventions for people with thought of suicide.

SafeTALK is an evidence-based 4-hour alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

SuicideTALK is an evidence-informed 30-90-minute training in suicide awareness and prevention.

Q.P.R. (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based 60-minute gatekeeper course in suicide prevention that helps participants recognize early signs of a suicide crisis and take the first steps toward prevention.

School Safety and Resilience is an evidence-informed 60-minute training for educators on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. It teaches participants to create a suicide-safer school environment by practicing self-compassion, recognizing early signs of a suicide crisis and building awareness of community resources.

MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION (MSC) is a community-wide evidenced-based program working to build resilience and enhance emotional wellbeing by providing training and resources to the public for learning and practicing mindfulness and self-compassion.

Mindful Self-Compassion Essentials (MSC90) is an introductory 90-minute awareness session in mindful self-compassion.

Mindful Self-Compassion Fundamental Concepts & Skill (MSC1D) is a 1-day evidence-based skills-building workshop in mindful self-compassion.

Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week Course (MSC8W) is an empirically-supported 8-week course designed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion. It combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional well being.

Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) is the evidence-based 6-week adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-week course. SCHC course is designed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion in healthcare settings.

Mindfulness Meditation sessions are offered to community organizations through the MSC program.

TRAUMA-SENSITIVE YOGA (TSY) classes build awareness of the breath and physical sensations by softening the edges of rules and expectations participants may have for themselves while practicing the connection between their body and mind.

In TSY classes participants learn to connect to the choice of a form or practice at their comfort level, raise their body awareness by paying attention to their bodily sensations experienced through breath and movement, relate to their body with kindness rather than self-criticism, safely practice mindfulness and attention regulation, and use self-compassion to motivate themselves during practice.

SAFETY & RESILIENCE workshops educate community members about trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma-sensitive/trauma-informed practices. 

Trauma-Sensitive Interactions (TSI) is a 1.5-2-hour evidence-informed training in creating a trauma-sensitive environment. This workshop draws on work and research of the evidence-based course Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness by David Treleaven® , the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC).

Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® introduces participants to six wellness skills that help build resilience in the face of trauma. The CRM workshops help create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-informed” individuals and communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach.

Front Porch A.C.T.S.: Adolescents & Children Transforming Savannah is a community-based program that engages youth and young adults in cooperative play activities, improv techniques, and theatrical skits to promote opportunities for self-expression, cognitive flexibility, creative problem solving, conflict resolution, and enhanced sense of personal agency.

The Front Porch A.C.T.S. classes and workshops are offered to children and adolescents 5 to 19 years old. The workshops can be offered as a series of classes or as a free-standing 45-60-minute workshop. They may be included in after school programs, summer camps, programs for at-risk youth, and a wide range of events for youth and adolescents.

Front Porch A.C.T.S. workshops are offered to organizations using a sliding fee scale to ensure equity and accessibility for families and children in our community. Please complete this form to bring Front Porch A.C.T.S. to your organization!