February 5th-6th - In Person

SIU Behavioral First Responder

Join Alpenglow, Touch of Nature, and Southern Illinois University as we host an in-person  Behavioral First Responder Certification Course!

Time and Location

Saturday, February 5th -Sunday, February 6th

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily


About this Event

The Behavioral First Responder is designed for instructors, administrators, and counselors of all varieties who want to understand common behavioral issues and helpful responses within the experiential education context. Our course will teach you overarching theories, models, and techniques adapted from the fields of social work, counseling, and psychology to help you understand the dynamic nature of behavioral situations, underlying motivations, and methods and strategies to manage and mitigate behavioral crises. This course starts with an in-depth look at preventative strategies with the idea that we can tailor programming and staff practices to avoid behavioral and mental health issues while on our programs. Next, we’ll explore helpful tools to manage and mitigate behavioral and mental health incidents. This includes de-escalation skills, behavioral assessment, and development plans for moving forward and helping the student continue to have a successful course. Finally, this course will examine how to help students enact long-term, pro-social behavioral change. Simply put, this certification is designed to help you ally with the student before, during, and after their difficult moment. Participants will walk away from this course with practical applications of theories and models taught via activities, instructor facilitation techniques, and many more resources for promoting healthier behavior and promoting mental health through Experiential Education.

Touch of Nature is a beautiful, peaceful setting ideally suited for nature study, recreation, reflection, or just relaxing. Giant City State Park, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, the River to River Trail and the Shawnee National Forest border our 3,400 acres.

Contact Amy Preston at 618-453-3956 or by email at amy.preston@siu.edu for more information.

Learn more!

The Hospitality Services Program at Touch of Nature Environmental Center offers several exciting food service options to make your group’s retreat, conference, meeting or special event a success.

Our culinary workers have extensive experience preparing meals for all dietary restrictions, including specific diets related to allergies and medical conditions.

Your menu selection is due three weeks before your event. Be sure to include requests for dietary restrictions to ensure proper purchase ordering and preparation.

If you have any questions about your order, please call Amy Preston at  618-453-3956 or email amy.preston@siu.edu

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