Suicide Intervention and Overdose Response Training
With Officer Alison Gontowski
Arm yourself with life-saving training techniques and access to treatment options!
Take the afternoon to allow Officer Ali to share her experience and expertise so that we can all better help and save as many people as we can!
QPR training is an evidence-based suicide intervention training, which breaks down the stigma around suicide and encourages uncomfortable, but beneficial conversations. In this training we will address and learn:
- How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
- How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
- The common causes of suicidal behavior
- The warning signs of suicide
- How to get help for someone in crisis.
Here’s a link to the QPR institute: https://qprinstitute.com/
Officer Gontowski will also share her knowledge surrounding overdose response treatment, the distribution of Narcan, and other harm reduction services. She will also provide references and resources for various treatment options available for those struggling with Substance Use Disorder and how to most efficiently access them.
THIS SEMINAR WILL SAVE LIVES.
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Alison Gontowski is a self-proclaimed jack of all trades, master of none. She has been an esteemed bartender, a diesel mechanic, a police officer, and so much more. What she enjoys most is giving back to the communities she spends time in. Alison holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and a M.S. Degree in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Colorado Technical University. In 2020, she retired from the United States Coast Guard reserves as a Machinery Technician First Class. Throughout her career in law enforcement, she has served in many roles, including: Montgomery County Crash Investigation Team, Honor Guard, DARE instructor, Montgomery County Drug Task Force, Field Training Officer, member of the Tactical Unit, CAPT board member, PAL board member, Post advisor for the police explorers, CISM team member, and Crisis Negotiations Unit member, NAMI Montco board member. In 2020, Officer Gontowski was selected for a full-time position in the Community Policing Division where she embraces many roles revolving around various programs that bring the community and police together. A large part of her focus is on whole-person wellness and connecting people with services revolving around behavioral health, substance use disorder, and homelessness. Her professional experiences are complemented by her own personal experiences with behavioral health diagnoses, the effects of addiction, and the beauty of recovery.