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6 "JANUARY 22. 2004 News THE COLUMBIA STAR Ceille Baird When is a cop not a cop Policemen have to play many roles. For example, he's the thera- pist you didn't get to see last week. He's the social worker who's aware of the community resources you're in dire need of. She's the morn you can't be right now because your world's falling apart, and the kids are screaming. He's the marriage coun- selor the two of you put off seeing for all your 25 years together. She's the addiction specialist who knows you're not thinking straight today. She's the pharmacist who realizes you ran out of medication a long time ago. He's the negotiator coaxing you from the edge, and the edge is so close you can see the other side. He's a first responder to your psychiatric emergency. Richland County's Project CALM Task Force (Collaborative Action between Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill) has begun utilizing monies from a Community Mental Health Service Targeted Expansion Grant desig- nated for Jail Diversion Programs. This month a First Responder Psychiatric Emergency Training Workshop for law enforcement officers was held in Columbia. 'Tqe've been antici- pating this training for over three years," said Don Hyatt, assistant director of Columbia Area Mental Health Center, and chair of Project CALM. "We're excited that this is only the first of others we plan for 2004." The objective of this month's workshop was to provide law enforcement officers with information regarding the recognition of active psychiatric symp- toms, chemically induced behaviors, and unstable behaviors sometimes exhibited by an acutely distressed person in crisis; to train officers in de--escalation techniques; and to familiarize them with community resources, laws, statutes, and judiciary procedures related to mental illness and substance abuse. Michael Woody, retired director of training for the Akron Police Department, shared his popular QIT (Crisis Intervention Training) Model and talked of its implementation in other states. Participating offi- cers from Columbia Police Department, Richland County Sheriff's Department, Irmo Police Department, USC's Division of Law Enforcement, Columbia College Law Enforcement, SC Criminal Justice Academy, and The Department of Mental Health responded to situa- tions of psychiatric emer- gency through role play and asked themselves questions: Was I empathetic and non-judgmental of impaired reality? Did I really listen? Was I able to use silence? Was I able to par- aphrase effectively? Did I respect the person's personal space? Was I clear and direct in my spoken mes- sage? Was I careful not to send a challenging mes- sage with my body lan- guage? Did I allow the person to blow off steam within reason? Did I, on the other hand, set and enforce rea- sonable limits? Was I calm, ration- al, and professional, and refrained from over-react- ing? Was I able to ignore verbal challenge and not take insults per- sonally? Was I able to keep all my non-verbal cues non-threatening? Voice? Posture? Did I use the least restrictive method of intervention possible? And did I reserve physical techniques as last resort only? Folks about town Attorney General Henry McMaster was named Humanitarian of the Year by the John Ancrum Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals at the organiza- tion's annual banquet. United States District Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr. will receive the Drummond Award for Statesmanship at the 2nd annual Drummond Award Dinrer March 1, 2004.. The award recognizes an individual who embodies right principals, good pur- poses, and sterling charac- ter in the realm of govern- ment, business, or com- munity. Former Mayor Patton Adams has formed a gov- ernmental relations con- suiting firm with offices in Columbia's Congaree Vista, Palmetto Policy, Inc. located at 929 Gervais Street. Specializing in public issues advocacy, the com- pany will provide a wide range of public policy services to companies, trade associations, and other entities at all levels of government. R. Ryan Breckenridge has joined the law firm of Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC as an associ- ate. Andrew Webber and Suzy Scarborough are two of the 300 artists selected to participate in the 34th annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts March 6 and7, 2004, in Tampa, Fla. Family Connection received a generous grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of SC of $75,000 for three years. Family Connection's Buddy Walk of Columbia and Anderson raised over $33,000 that will support further research on Down syndrome. Dr. Jim Chow, a Golf War Veteran and derma- Patton Adams tologist at Columbia Skin Clinic presented a Iraqi flag to the Dorn VA Medical Center January 21, 2004. Laurence S. "Larry" McWhorter has joined the team of Rogers Townsend & Thomas PC. Liberty Tax Service has opened a new office in West Columbia. Call 796- 1042 or visit www.liberty- tax.com. Captain Jerry L. Martain, DMH public safety officer, employs de-escalt techniques00with a woman in crisis. Role playing the disturbed womb, Noni Richards, clinical social worker from SC Department of Mental Dr. Sherrilynn Campbell of Columbia Area Mental Health Center's Crisis Triage, gave workshop partici- pants a brush up on psy- chiatric illness. Jacqueline Belton, Esq. presented an overview of The Probate Court. Alan Powell from the SC Department of Mental Health and Major John Tate, Esq. of Lexington County Sheriff's Department dis- cussed officer responsibili- ty and liability. Family perspective was discussed by members of SC-NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill). Officers were able to visit sites for psychiatric treatment and intervention, and Shirley Furtick, workshop coordi- nator, entertained their questions. "This workshop addressed issues and gave information needed for all law enforcement in all communities," Furtick said. Maybe the workshop addressed issues and gave information needed for all citizens. How to late a volatile How to be sensitive needs and feelings of acutely distressed in crisis. After all, crisis a stranger to this Situations can come us in the blink of an because contrary to tific belief, the world not round at all, it is and the edge may be er than we want to ine. Columbia Coll Columbia College professo ............. publishesbook Dr. Melissa Walker Heidari, associate profes- sor of English at Columbia College, has published To Find My Own Peace, the 1886-1910 journals of New Orleans author Grace King (University of Georgia Press, 2004). These previously unpub- lished private writings serve to expand readers' understanding of King as a writer and as a 19th century, middle--class white southern woman. King has long been admired for her versatili- ty, her depictions of both black and white women in a variety of settings and her insights into the intricate social structure of her native city. Over a span of 46 years, she wrote four histories, three novels, two novellas, three collections of sto- ries, two biographies, an autobiography, a play, and numerous articles and skethes. However, as Heidari notes, King's journals offer %vhat is so lacking in her published autobiography: humor, irony, and a more candid assessment of herself and others." Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, the Eleonore Raoul professor of the humanities at Emory University, says, "Melissa Walker Heidari's etion of Grace King's journals should be wel- comed as a great gi to all who know King's work." And Barbara C. Ewell, professor of English at Loyola University, says, "Heidari makes an extraordinary contribution not only to our understanding of Grace King but also to Dr. Melissa Heidari the complex position southern women especially after the War." Heidari, who the faculty of College in 1989, and Ph.D. USC and an from the Rochester. e 9ncrease your sales Promote your business Welcome new members Sturkie Mortgage Corp Spirit Telecom Havens Framemakers Hair Designs on Santee The Dirty Work Terry M Cobb-Weichert Realtors Columbia Music Festival Carolina Ballet Columbia Sales Exchange BFG Helpful Mortgage-lsmail Branch Congaree Pharmacy Visit these business categories Antiques & Collectibles Books Clothing and Fashion Gifts Home Furnishings Interiors for great Ideas Jewelers Men's Apparel Retail Thrift Shop Scooters Tanning Salons