This 8-hour session provides information to help service providers and criminal justice staff recognize and respond to people who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. The session offers:
Patti Hecht-Kressly is president of Pro-Crisis LLC, which provides crisis training and role-play services with professional crisis actors. Since 2005, she has been involved with Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in Minnesota, training first responders to work with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Ms. Kressly began this work with the Minneapolis Police Department and, since then, has expanded CIT training to other professions, including fire fighters, medics, detention deputies, social workers, nurses, 911 dispatchers, probation officers and others. In addition, Ms. Kressly is an adjunct professor at Argosy University in the Forensic Psychology Master’s Program and also teaches in Argosy’s undergraduate psychology and criminal justice programs. Ms. Kressly received a master’s in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas in 2005. Before her crisis intervention work, Ms. Kressly was a police officer with the South St. Paul Police Department, hired in 1993 as the agency’s first female police officer.
ADDRESS: 553 Fairview Ave. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104