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As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” At Bridge House, training and hands-on learning is essential to ensure that staff and the professional team are equipped to support residents in the safest and most supportive ways possible. 

All Bridge House staff receive extensive training upon hire and are subsequently required to attend annual live trainings. Included are trainings required for compliance for State licensure such as suicide and self-harm prevention, therapeutic de-escalation techniques (AEGIS), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) trainings, and CPR certification. In addition to what is required by the State, Bridge House includes a series of trainings that are specific to our facility and our population. These trainings include an overview of our philosophy and mission, strategies for milieu management, and basic counseling skills. 

New direct care staff complete at least 4 days of rigorous supervised hands-on training before working directly with residents. Our program staff are also taught monthly by Program Director, James Healey, who reviews concepts that are relevant to the current needs of our residents. Additional trainings are added as needed, particularly when we have a resident in need of more specialized care and attention (for example, someone with diabetes, a seizure disorder, cultural considerations such as Kosher diets/religious accommodations, etc.) Our leadership team is particularly adept at creating specific trainings to accommodate those needs in order to ensure that our staff are equipped to support that resident.

These trainings, along with the continual communication with all staff about current milieu needs, keep our residents safe and ensure our staff have the continued education needed to maintain a healthy therapeutic milieu. In essence, training never stops at Bridge House and we welcome opportunities to regularly educate our staff.

Philosophy and Statement: Description and orientation of the genesis of Bridge house. Where we fit in the continuum of care. The population we serve and the services we provide.

Disease Model: The disease model of mental illness and addiction and the implications for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Bridge House residents.

Relationship Therapy: Basic introduction to helping professions and the healing factors of relationship therapy. What it looks like and what it means to be in a helping relationship.

Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention: Continual observation of residents for signs and symptoms of self-harm and suicide. Precautionary procedures.

Milieu Management: Basic components of milieu management and the strategic interventions that are utilized to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment.

Off-campus Activities: Procedures to follow to ensure the safety and therapeutic purpose of all off-campus activities.

Behavior Management: Introduction and implementation to AEGIS systems of behavior management including de-escalation techniques and restraints procedures. (2 days)

Basic Counseling Skills: The design and purpose of counseling skills.

Boundaries: Professional boundaries as a helping professional.

Group Therapy: Orientation to the basic concepts of small group dynamics and facilitation of group therapy.

Infection Control: Education about and procedures to follow to prevent and minimize the spread of infectious disease.

Blood-borne Pathogens: Education about and procedures to follow to prevent the exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

Medication Management: Policies and procedures associated with administering medication.

Urine Analysis: Orientation to the procedures associated with proper collection and testing of urine.

Blood Glucose Monitoring: Orientation to procedure for glucose monitoring in diabetic residents.

Safety: Fire plan, evacuation plan, earthquake safety and overall orientation to alarms, gas and water shutoffs.

Harassment Prevention: Preventing workplace harassment and discrimination

CPR Certification (required every 2 years)