The Crisis Center in Douglas County will be running a five-week course for teens about building self-worth, establishing healthy relationships and domestic violence prevention. The Crisis Center's Community Advocate Amanda Wilson spoke to Colorado Community Media about the seminar, which begins Jan. 23.
Please tell us a little about you and your role with the Crisis Center.
I am a Community Advocate here at the Crisis Center. I provide case management, such as domestic violence education and local resource connection, to individuals impacted by domestic violence. The Crisis Center serves adults and children impacted by domestic violence in the 18th Judicial District, which includes Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln and parts of Arapahoe counties. Our services include a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, therapy, legal advocacy and community-based advocacy. We also provide prevention activities, education and outreach to the community.
Tell us about the upcoming seminar for teens. What does it entail?
The class I am set to run, which will be available every Thursday for 5 weeks (from Jan. 23 through Feb. 20) is all about building on self-worth to facilitate healthy relationships. We will talk about what self-worth is, how it helps us recognize healthy patterns, and how this translates into dating relationships. It will be held at our office in northern Douglas County. Due to confidentiality, we don't publish our address; however, when someone signs up for the seminar, we will coordinate with them on the location.
Who can participate and how?
Any teen is able to attend. In Colorado, anyone age 15 or older can participate or seek services without parental consent if necessary. In order to attend this or any of our groups/classes/services, an individual does need to complete an intake with our navigator. This is a short process, and they can do so by calling our hotline at 303-688-8484 and asking to be connected to our navigator who can schedule this with them right away. Once that process has been completed and the individual is in our system, they are welcome to attend one or all of the classes moving forward. I will reach out via the safe phone number provided at intake to verify the attendance list.
Why offer this to the community? Where did the idea come from and what is the goal?
The Crisis Center is committed to working toward a violence-free community, and part of that is through non-therapeutic group offerings such as this. We know that teen dating violence is a very real issue facing youth right here in our community, and we want to do what we can to reach teens, hopefully before they experience dating violence, to provide education and support. By empowering them with tools and factual information, such as red flag behaviors and local resources they can access for themselves or their friends, we hope to prevent not only teen dating violence, but future domestic violence as well.
Anything else you would add? Where can people find more information?
If anyone, teen or adult, is experiencing intimate partner violence, or knows someone who is, you are not alone. There are resources for help available. Through the Crisis Center, all services, from community and legal advocacy to therapy to classes such as this, are all completely free of cost. You can find more information by checking out our website www.thecrisiscenter.org , calling our 24/7 hotline 303.688.8484, or looking us up on Facebook, IG, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
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