Trauma Intervention Program (TIP)

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The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) is a group of highly trained volunteers who provide emotional and practical support to survivors of traumatic events and their families within the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event.

A call might involve an elderly woman suddenly faced with the death of her spouse, a family that has lost its home to a fire, or a parent anxiously awaiting news about an injured child. In all these and many other different situations, TIP provides emotional first aid and support.

TIP of Portland, Maine, was established in 2004, in partnership with TIP National and the Junior League of Portland, Maine, and is proud to partner with a range of first responder teams in the greater Portland area/across Cumberland county.

Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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At this year's Heroes with Heart event, honoring volunteers and first responders to crisis calls, Creighton Taylor received the Heart of Gold Award for her dedication to mental health.

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History of TIP

TIP of Portland, Maine, was established in 2004, in partnership with TIP National and the Junior League of Portland, Maine, and works in cooperation with the Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Westbrook, Gorham, Falmouth, Cumberland, and Windham police and fire departments, as well as Maine Medical Center and the Maine State Police.

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Volunteer Training Opportunities

TIP training involves eight classes equaling 36 hours over a two-week period. Those wishing to become a volunteer in the TIP program must attend all classes. The emotional first aid (EFA) skills classes are instructed by certified EFA trainers and the training academy incorporates local area first responder instructors.

Classes are offered twice each year. Please check back often for the next training session.

If you're looking for more information about the next training opportunity, please contact:

Leslie Skillin
Program Manager
207-661-6478
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Contact us

If you would like to learn more about TIP, please contact:

Leslie Skillin
Program Manager
207-661-6478
Email Leslie

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