I am a life-long student. I love hearing, reading, seeing new things, new bits of information.
Last week I went to a two-day ASIST training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). The people at LivingWorks took the essential things I learned about suicide interventions while at university, Rape Crisis, and Mental Health, and organized them in an easy to remember format anyone can follow. It is one of the best, most practical trainings I have ever attended.
This week I attended a training presented by the U. C. Davis Extension (Center for Human Services), on “Self Neglect: Limits and Responsibilities.” Well taught by Larry S. Pickard, it focused on managing the limitations, frustrations, and expectations of the social worker in self-neglect cases. It really had more to do with ethics, principles, and philosophy than the nuts and bolts of working with people who self-neglect. It was interesting, because about half the people at that training were also at the ASIST sessions last week.
Both trainings carried ideas that should be a part of ANY interaction with people that lasts more than a couple minutes. (And maybe even then.)
- Listen. Really listen. Don’t just think about what you are going to say next.
- Be honest.
- Don’t be judgmental. Don’t assume their ethics are the same as yours. As long as it doesn’t harm you or anyone else, they have a right to their own views.
- People need to feel in charge of their own lives. They are more likely to go along with a plan if they help create it. Ask what they want.
Think how much better things could be if everyone did this. It all begins with me and you. 🙂