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National Center for Chaplain Development provides the first responder, veteran community and the communities which they serve with educational, professional and clinical support designed to enhance both their lives and their family following service. By offering an integrated, holistic program that builds on individual and collective strengths, develops critical tools that promote physical, mental and spiritual health, and supports academic development and career aspirations, we aim to expand their opportunities for long-term success and improved quality of life.
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Suicide to Hope Testimonials
California LivingWorks Trainer Association Conference Embassy Suites, Los Angeles, 2016
“I have known Sr. Chaplain Ken Schlenker, M.Div. for a decade. He is an Approved Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (a United Nations affiliated organization I co-founded 22 years ago) and Resiliency Science Institutes. I have known his work through both affiliations. Chaplain Schlenker is bright and energetic. One conversation with him and a review of his accomplishments reveal him to be a true visionary. His pioneering efforts and his dedication to excellence have led to seminal initiatives in the areas of crisis intervention and human resilience. He is an excellent trainer with an ability to effectively teach to persons at many different academic and experience levels.
George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, ABPP Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Maryland Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
“I must say I am glad I took the classes and the opportunity to use what I was taught. I have a couple who's adult son went missing for a few weeks whom I was able to be with while there son was missing. I was also able to talk with him when he showed back up. Also have a very close friend of my family whose son completed sucide. What made it even more difficult was that it was his second child to have done the same thing. The first occured five years earlier. I was able to help them as a result of the things I learned in your classes. I didn't say any of the stupid stuff people normally would say and was just there for them to cry and talk with and also helping them physically with dinners. It seemed I was able to see it in a different way this time. More as helping them and not just grieving with them all though there was some of that to. It is hard to explain. However I know what you taught us made me a better person, I believe and more willing and wanting to help others then I ever have before so thank you.
“I’ve known Ken for many years and have witnessed his mastery of developing and presenting cutting edge, student-centered training experiences using the principles of Instructional System Design. His passion and expertise in the area of crisis intervention strategies and suicide prevention are simply outstanding and their applications into the military, law enforcement and first responder communities provides a priceless service. Ken is always seeking to raise his bar of instructional knowledge and application which allows him to consistently deliver training at the highest levels. Ken is the finest example of instructional system design and deliver.
Rodger Ruge, Santa Rosa PD Detective Ret. IDI Master Instructor Level 3 & 4 Facilitator