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Yearly Archives: 2017

  • 19
    May

    Patient Centered Care

    Always ask permission: Always ask permission. “Would you like some company?” “Can we talk?” “Is it ok if I sit next to you?” “How can I help you?” “Would...

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  • 11
    May

    What is a Green Dot?

    A “green dot” is someone who is experiencing an emotional emergency. That may be because someone consumed a substance that has put them in an altered and agitated state....

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  • 11
    May

    Where and When?

    Ideally, try to handle the situation at the participant’s camp, where they have a familiar atmosphere and, with any luck, supportive friends and campmates. If the person’s camp is...

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  • 11
    May

    Verbal Handoffs

    There is an art and a learnable skill to describing a situation in a clear, concise manner to someone who has just arrived to the scene, whether it is...

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  • 11
    May

    Useful Expressions

    Keep in mind, this isn’t useful expression bingo. You probably won’t want to use all of them. But most have been used, to great effect, by medics, Zendo sitters,...

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  • 11
    May

    Talking in Circles

    Conversing with the Altered – “Looping” Looping in the participantʼs train of thought and speech is quite common. They are processing a set of considerations linearly, but the complexity...

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  • 11
    May

    Self Care

    Self Care is vital to having the inner resources and energy to provide physical and emotional care to others. Make a plan now about how you will take care...

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  • 11
    May

    Reality Anchor

    Human brains are really good at reading into a situation.  Historically, if the bushes rattled, the guys who imagined a tiger behind them could take defensive action.  It’s a...

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  • 11
    May

    Primary Needs

    Caring for the body and physical needs of the person in crisis is often a very important part of changing their experience. It is sometimes thought that it is...

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  • 11
    May

    It’s not about you

    Some ideas on approaching a participant: We know to ask to touch them. We can also ask if they’d like some company, like to talk; ask how they’d like...

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