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Safety & Resilience Programs

Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council 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:

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.

SuicideTALKQ.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.

Suicide Safety and Resilience is an evidence-informed 60-minute training on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. It teaches participants to create a suicide-safer 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 is an introductory 60-90-minute awareness session in mindful self-compassion.

Mindful Self-Compassion Fundamental Concepts & Skill is a 1-2-day evidence-based skills-building workshop in mindful self-compassion.

Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week Course 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)  program uses the evidence-based clinical adaptation of a yoga practice designed as a therapeutic intervention for individuals impacted by trauma, including complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):

TSY for Children & Youth uses mindful movement and activities to help children build the skills of self-awareness and emotional regulation.

TSY for Stress Management and Burnout is designed to help participants reduce stress and elicit the relaxation response physically, emotionally, and mentally through gentle movement, focused attention, and breath work.

Chair TSY uses modified yoga poses so they can be done while seated in a chair to make practices accessible to people who cannot stand, lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions, or do not have a yoga mat.

FRONT PORCH A.C.T.S.: Adolescents & Children Transforming Savannah is a community-based program that uses the evidence-based Trauma Drama curriculum – an immersive theatre-based group intervention – designed to integrate the core components of complex trauma intervention with at-risk youth and adolescents.

Front Porch A.C.T.S. Workshop is a 60-90-minute class that engages participants in cooperative play activities, improvisational techniques, and theatrical skits to promote opportunities for self-expression, cognitive flexibility, creative problem solving, conflict resolution, and enhanced sense of personal agency.

Front Porch A.C.T.S. 8-12 Week Course is an evidence-based intervention designed for at-risk youth and young adults to build coping skills and resilience in the face of trauma using improvisation, theatre, and cooperative play activities.

Resilience Enhancement and Learning (REAL) programs focus on building knowledge about stress and trauma and developing mind-body skills to promote well-being. REAL programs use a community-based approach to improving resiliency, enhancing quality of life, and decreasing stress and anxiety. REAL training menu includes:

Community Resiliency Model (CRM)
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 a skills-based approach. The CRM is developed by the Trauma Resource Institute.

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

Resilience Enhancement and Leadership Model (REALM)
REALM is an evidence-informed skills building training focusing on the 3 realms of resilience: personal, interpersonal, and organizational. REALM draws on empirically supported programs, to include Community Resiliency Model (Trauma Resource Institute), Stress Management and Resilience Training (Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine), and Mindful Self-Compassion (Center for Mindful Self-Compassion) as well as research-based practices from the Gottman Institute and Insight Coaching.

HEALTH & WELLNESS workshops help participants recognize the importance of practicing a healthy lifestyle, explore the physical, emotional and social dimensions of wellness, and offer tips for embracing one’s personal wellness.

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of  and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Please contact us at to place a request for your Health & Wellness workshop.