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Dr. John Jochem has had a commitment to professional training activities throughout his career as a clinical psychologist. Dr. Jochem founded and directed an accredited clinical psychology internship program and has supported the professional development of many mental health professionals through the provision of individual & group supervision and case consultation. Additionally, Dr. Jochem has been invited to provide clinical training at dozens of sites around the country, such as school districts, agencies, municipalities, professional associations. His chief areas of interest and expertise with respect to formal professional training fall into two categories of practice: community-based response to traumatic events and adolescent suicide prevention. Through Hawthorn Counseling Group, Dr. Jochem is available to provide clinical training in both of these important topics.

Responding to Traumatic Events in The School or Community

When tragedy strikes an organization—a school, business or other organization—the waves of shock and grief ripple through everyone affected by the event. In most instances the nature of the tragedy involves the unexpected, sudden loss of a friend or co-worker. The normal operation of the organization—a school's daily schedule or the daily routine in a business or company—is disrupted as those impacted struggle to come to terms with sad or frightening news. With advance planning and implementation of a post-traumatic intervention plan, the organization can support the healing process and move towards healthy recovery after the tragedy.

Most schools, businesses and other organizations now recognize the need to develop a plan for coping with future organizational stressors such as traumatic events. Dr. Jochem has provided this sort of consultation and training on a regional and national level for many years, with numerous schools, agencies, businesses and communities who wish to be prepared for the management of traumatic life events. Organizational consultation for the development of a traumatic response plan may include the following:

Pre-event consultation to develop a traumatic response plan, customized to the specific needs of the organization

Traumatic response team development

Staff training and education

Policy & procedure development

Liaison with other appropriate community-based agencies and services

Typically, the training format utilized is a full-day workshop which covers the basic skills necessary to design & implement a post-traumatic intervention plan in a school, other organization or within the community. Dr. Jochem's 175 page training manual, Managing Traumatic Events in the School Setting: A Training Manual for Crisis Intervention Teams, serves as the syllabus for this training workshop and also is a useful reference for the design and implementation of posttraumatic response plans.

Additional information regarding this training is available on the Downloads page and a listing of sites who have sponsored Dr. Jochem's workshop concerning the management of traumatic events in schools and other organizations is available here. Also, Dr. Jochem's training manual is available for purchase—contact Dr. Jochem directly for additional details at jdjochem@gmail.com.

Adolescent Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents. When you consider that most adolescents who die by suicide have signs and symptoms of a psychiatric illness (most commonly depression, often accompanied by substance abuse) and, further, that they often have signaled their suicidal risk to someone in their lives, it seems clear that educational efforts to raise awareness of the warning signs of suicide are warranted.

Educational programs to prevent adolescent suicide—often called gatekeeper training programs —have been implemented around the country, with particular emphasis upon schools. The idea behind gatekeeper training is simple: if every adult in the school setting—teachers, clerical staff, support staff and administrators—were trained to spot the warning signs of suicide among their students and encouraged to refer at-risk kids for additional help, perhaps we can make a real difference in reducing youth suicide rates.

In collaboration with the Illinois Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Mental Health Association in Illinois, Dr. John Jochem developed a gatekeeper training program for use in middle schools and high schools to improve awareness among teachers and staff of the risk factors and warning signs of adolescent suicide. The training event is designed to be a one-hour long didactic presentation to improve awareness among school faculty of the warning signs of adolescent suicide and, importantly, steps to take with at-risk students. Dr. Jochem's program has been presented to schools and school districts throughout the northern Chicago metro area. Additional information regarding the adolescent suicide gatekeeper training program is available on the Downloads page.

Feel free to contact Dr. Jochem at jdjochem@gmail.com or (847) 680-0755 with any questions about these professional training programs.

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