Trainings on social concerns open to community members

(03-05-2008)

Community members may enroll in a series of evening trainings on social concerns taught by Dr. Joel Shults, Adams State College Director of Public Safety. The classes will be held Tuesdays from 6-10 p.m., March 11, March 25, and April 1.

Registration is only $10 per class, and can be done at the class meeting. Participants may enroll in any or all of the sessions. Classes will meet in the Adams State Student Union Building, First Street Banquet room, first floor. Parking is free.

"Bottom line - fun, informal, interesting stuff," Shults said. Originally designed for police officers, the classes have broad appeal to the community.

The March 11 class is called "Sure, You're Fine but What About Your Buddy?" and covers recognizing stress in others. The March 25 session is "Child Abuse: Clues for Intervention," followed April 1 by "Family Violence: Clues for Intervention."

Shults praised the San Luis Valley Law Enforcement Training Foundation and many social service agencies for increasing training opportunities in the region, but recognized that some barriers to gaining information still exist.

"Releasing an employee for a day is a hardship on all of our small agencies, including mine. Then you have workers with various training needs at various levels, and a general public that deserves to know more about some of the issues I'm addressing with these classes. How often does a citizen get to sit next to a police officer and a social worker to learn more about child abuse or stress?"

For more information, contact Shults at 719-587-7901 or email Joel Shults.

By Julie Waechter