SAFER-R Peer Support


SAFER-R Peer Support - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

In-person training on crisis support, and an optional suicide prevention and intervention training, with Katja Hurt. A Leadership Development Series presentation.

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10am-1:30pm PST at the Seattle Program Center in the Cascade Room.


10-12pm: Peer Support Training

Come learn the fundamentals of supporting someone through a crisis using psychological first aid. This two-hour course provides an introduction to Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and includes recognizing the signs/symptoms of stress injuries and how to respond when someone experiences a traumatic event. We will also discuss special considerations for supporting a friend or family member through grief following a traumatic loss. This training is appropriate for all levels of experience, from professional responders to caring community members.

12-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30-1:30pm: Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training [OPTIONAL]

Taught to more than six million people worldwide, this one-hour training teaches the warning signs for suicide and the three-step QPR intervention method. Like CPR, QPR provides clear steps to take to respond to someone in an emergency and can save lives through early recognition, intervention, and care.

This training is only offered by certified QPR Gatekeeper instructors and is open to anyone wishing to learn more about suicide prevention and intervention.


Katjarina “Katja” Hurt (she/her/hers) is the Founder and Director of the non-profit organization, Wilderness Chaplains. She has over 16 years experience as a ski patroller, primarily at Snoqualmie Pass, with a focus on Psychological First Aid and Outdoor Emergency Care instruction. She is a master-level trainer and is certified to teach by the Question-Persuade-Refer Institute and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Katja has a background in law enforcement with Washington State and Missouri Departments of Correction. She currently serves as a volunteer chaplain with the King County Sherriff’s Office in Washington State and regularly assists local SAR and Mountain Rescue teams in the Puget Sound region.

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