Good training is an essential part of effectively saving lives. All Beachy Head Chaplaincy team members train throughout their time with the team. Training is conducted both in house and in conjunction with other organisations and is both classroom and practically based.
Every new member has to attend the Basic training course in order to become a Chaplain with the team. The course consists of 5 days classroom training along with practical training in searching at Beachy Head and observational duties with the Frontline team. The training includes Crisis Intervention training, search techniques, active listening training, a study of what brings people to the point of suicide, recognising mental disturbance, physical and verbal indicators, equipment training, radio communications, reporting and recording and critical incident debriefing. Once trained each team member completes a 3 month probationary period before becoming a full member.
TEAM TRAINING DAYS
Operational team members attend team training days throughout the year. These days are held bi-monthly and cover subjects such as First Aid and search scenarios as well as studying basic training subjects in greater depth. They also provide opportunity for cross training with other organisations such as HM Coastguard and the Coroners office. The team also study any major or unusual incidents within the previous 2 months. As well as promoting excellence in working practices, the training days encourage team unity and offer good opportunities for the team to openly discuss any aspect of work. In addition to the theory based training, practical training sessions are used to perfect the skills of the team members.
TRAINING WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS
As well as training in house, BHCT train with a number of other organisations. A large proportion of the team have also completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course, which looks at suicide intervention from early signs through to crisis.
“ON THE JOB” TRAINING, ASSESSMENTS AND APPRAISALS
Every team member continues to train throughout their time with the team. “On the job” training, yearly assessments and appraisals are used to ensure that all team members keep sharp and up to date in all areas of training.
All the training expected of each BHCT member is for one purpose, to save lives.