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posted September 18, 2023
Southwest IA NAMI Support Groups
posted October 20, 2022

Upcoming Events

Oct 3
Understanding Trauma and De-Escalating Situations: Now What? Trauma Informed Care
Trauma Informed is all the buzz these days. This course will focus on how to take the concepts and understanding of trauma and lift the learning into engagement with children and families who have experienced trauma in their past. Participants will learn appropriate response to trauma experienced by clients. Trauma informed language will be shared to help guide clients to success.
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Oct 3
Understanding Trauma and De-Escalating Situations: Calm Down: Understanding Basics to De-escalate Situations
A client in a heightened state can exhibit challenging behaviors while also being a safety risk for those around them. This course will start to understand behaviors that may lead to a heightened state while share learning to identify situations may lead to de-escalation. Participants will learn to identify reactions to keep calm and remove oneself from a situation to maintain safety for all.
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Oct 12 to Oct 19
C3 De-Escalation
Participants must attend both sessions 10/12 and 10/19 from 1:00pm-4:00 pm
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About Southwest Iowa MHDS Region

The Southwest Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services Region (SWIA MHDS) services a nine-county area in the beautiful rolling hills of the most southwest corner of Iowa. The geographic area includes the Counties of Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby in the State of Iowa.

The region’s plan is designed to improve health, hope, and successful outcomes for adults in the region who have mental health disabilities and intellectual/developmental disabilities, including those with multi-occurring substance use issues, health issues, physical disabilities, brain injuries, and other complex human service needs, and children who have a diagnosis of serious emotional disturbance as defined in Iowa Code section 225C.2.  It is our mission "to provide a responsive and welcoming system of support for overall mental wellness".

"Empowering individuals and instilling hope for their future" is the vision of the SWIA MHDS region. With respect and dignity for all people being the center of our approach to providing and funding services, we will strive to offer choice based on individual need. As funding is available, we will develop services for unmet needs working closely with stakeholders to enhance people's options within the region.

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Call or text 988 or chat. for yourself or if you are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.