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2016 Statewide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Where: Days Inn, State College
Who Should Attend: CIT Officers; MHFA Certified Personnel; CJAB Members, NAMI; Behavioral Health Professionals; Consumers and/or Families; and county personnel interested in starting a CIT program. 
What:  We are pleased to announce that Major Sam Cochran (Ret.) will serve as this year's main speaker. Major Cochran is nationally known for his work developing the CIT model. He was the Coordinator of the Memphis Police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) which started in 1988 from an outpouring of community partnership.
The Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) has approved this training for five (5) CLEE credit hours for Act 120 certified police officers.  Forms will be made available on March 23, 2016. 
Major Cochran will cover two sessions during this one-day event.
CIT and The Community:  Partnerships, Responsibility, Accountability and "MORE."
Defining CIT is sometimes erroneously presented as only a law enforcement program.  It is important for communities and partnerships to define, structure and implement the CIT model beyond limitation of "just" training.  This presentation gives understanding of CIT in terms of identity and ownership:  core principles involving responsibility and accountability are critical in sustaining CIT as a community program.  In addition, visual images of the "MORE" within CIT will also be introduced.  Sounds complicated; not really, it will all come together while exploring the "Community" within CIT. 
Verbal De-Escalation:  Performance and Skills are the Mosaic Art of CIT
Verbal de-escalation is vital to Crisis Intervention Team Training and this workshop gives participants a hands-on learning experience outside "textbook" lesson plans.  Don't miss this dynamic learning session where skills and strategies are interwoven within fabrics of crisis events - role playing exercises help to connect skills with strategy. 
Registration is no longer available for this event. 
Statewide CIT Meeting Agenda (PDF)