TIP volunteers provide emotional and practical support to people who have experienced a traumatic event and are relied upon by police, fire, rescue and hospital first responders.
Upcoming TIP information sessions:
Wednesday, March 1st - Portland
6:30-8:00pm at the Portland Police Department, 109 Middle St.
Tuesday, March 7th - Cumberland
6:30-8:00pm at Greely Middle School, 351 Tuttle Rd.
Thursday, March 9th - Windham
6:30-8:00pm at the Windham Town Office, 8 School Rd.
Information session flyer
Call Leslie Skillin at 661-6478 to learn more about TIP and the class application process.
TIP training involves eight classes equaling 36 hours over a two-week period. Those wishing to become a volunteer in the TIP program must attend all classes. The emotional first aid (EFA) skills classes are instructed by certified EFA trainers and the training academy incorporates local area first responder instructors.
To learn more about how to become trained to assist people in crisis, contact Leslie at 661-6478 or Skilll@mainebehavioralhealthcare.org.
Those interested can also "like" the program on Facebook or by searching for Trauma Intervention Program of Portland Maine.
Founded in 1985 by Wayne Fortin of San Diego, California, TIP currently exists in numerous states throughout the country. This chapter was founded in 2004 with the assistance of the Junior League of Portland.
For more information about becoming a TIP volunteer, please call Leslie Skillin, Crisis Team Manager, at (207) 661-6478 or email Skilll@mainebehavioralhealthcare.org.