Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
To: Mary Schoenfeldt
Subject: Follow-Up from Green Cross Training
First please let me thank you for being part of and hosting such an innovative and ground breaking organization as the Green Cross. I am impressed by the clear functions of the organization and the heart that has gone into building up the core without compromising on missional values. I knew this was a training I wanted to participate in, but I didn't know how much until I was there.
To be there for someone in a moment and time when they just cannot be there for them self, to bring comfort and support to them, to equip and empower them; this has always been the crux of why I do the work I do, and my reward. The Green Cross exemplifies all of that!
I am not so naïve as to believe this is work for just anyone. I believe it takes a certain kind of calling to be able to cope with someone else's crisis and not let it destroy you. I am practiced in dealing with people in crisis, but certainly not in a disaster situation. I believe I have what it takes, but in no way claim to know I do. I am interested however, in finding out.
I would love to get some direction from you about steps I can take to practice my knowledge and gain experience in Field Traumatology and Compassion Fatigue. I am happy to communicate via phone or email, but would also love to join you for lunch or in your office or somewhere else to discuss the possibilities.
I do recall Dr. Dan talking about the trainings required for deployment with the Green Cross, but was not quick enough to write them down. If you have that information, I would be interested in looking into the trainings.
Thanks for your time!
Quality Assurance Specialist/Program Manager
Community Case Managment,
Volunteers of America Western Washington
(Webmaster note: You can find all the requirements for each of the four certificates that Green Cross offers by clicking on the "Certifications" link on the website.)