Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNSOURCE) — A crisis intervention workshop was held thanks to a partnership between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Ministry of Health in St. Kitts and Nevis.
The workshop was scheduled to run from Thursday, October 19, 2023, to Saturday, October 21, 2023, but it continued to Monday, October 23 as a result of Hurricane Tammy.
The workshop was led by Dr. Elma Augustine, a professional consultant hired by PAHO, and it was held daily in the conference room of the National Emergency Management Agency from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The attendees heard from clinical psychologist Dr. Augustine that crisis intervention training consists of three main components: de-escalation, sensitization, and knowledge building. All of these components are held together by collaboration.
Participants in the workshop included representatives from several ministries and departments of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. Moreover, Dr. Sharon Archibald, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, and Hon. Dr. Geoffrey Hanley, Deputy Prime Minister, attended the session as well as senior law enforcement officials and Dr. Hazel Laws, Chief Medical Officer.