Pax Crisis Response offers crisis response services with Christian based values. It is a non-profit subsidiary of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services specializing in the delivery of psychological and spiritual first aid to Christian organizations. Bob VandePol, MSW, has been named as president of Pax Crisis Response.
Pax Crisis Response delivers training, consultation, and response services locally, nationally and internationally via telephonic, video live-feed, and on-site mechanisms to churches, universities, schools, global disaster relief organizations, residential facilities, missionary groups, and decidedly Christian businesses.
Pax, a Latin meaning of peace and stability, will enter the faith-based marketplace independently as well as provide an added feature to the current Pine Rest Employee Assistance and Church Assistance Programs.
“When tragedy strikes an organization – violence, child molestation, suicide, moral failure by its leaders, tragic death, or natural disaster – all stakeholders immediately look to its leadership for direction. This focus is further intensified in faith-based organizations,” says VandePol. “Those internal to the organization and observers from the community scrutinize carefully to see if faith in God truly makes a difference in these ‘real life’ situations. All stakeholders will go through the crisis with or without leadership, and need to be led well.”
Pax Crisis Response offers training, consultation and response at reasonable rates to Christian organizations, many of them non-profits. “There is no greater honor or responsibility than to be there for someone on the worst day of their life,” says VandePol. “We can respond to these tragedies with Christ’s healing touch.”
A key training offered is called, “Leadership in Time of Crisis Training for Organizations.” Pax trainers will deliver on-site and webinar trainings that include elements such as: the individual and organizational impacts of traumatic events; crisis leadership; psychological first aid; fatality notification; and return to function strategies. VandePol is currently developing a course offering titled “Spiritual / Psychological First Aid” for relief organizations and universities prior to deployment of volunteers to disaster relief campaigns.
Pax consultants can be available immediately telephonically, via video live-feed, or on-site to support the organization’s leadership as critical, time-sensitive decisions are made and communicated.
Response – On-Site Services
Selecting from a continuum of structured on-site group and individual interventions, the Pax consultant provides a safe, directed environment. This might include: leadership consultations, one-to-one meetings, small groups, large groups and family consultations.
In order to develop a nationwide network of specially trained behavioral health professionals and chaplains, VandePol offers training on critical incident response for Pax consultants. Thirty Pine Rest psychologists, social workers, and chaplains were the first to receive this training at Pine Rest on November 15. VandePol will continue to grow a group of consultants within the Pine Rest network while also reaching out to other interested clinicians in the state, region and country. In this way, Pax Crisis Response will be able to deliver consultations and service anywhere.
“People and organizations impacted by tragedy benefit greatly when response can be immediate. Pax is standing by 24/7/365,” says VandePol. For more information call 616/667-7522.