Crisis Worker Support Manager, PRS CrisisLink
Laura Alexander (she/her) is the Training and Support Manager at PRS CrisisLink in Oakton, Virginia. In this role, Laura delivers an intensive core training curriculum to new crisis workers, which includes training on suicide risk assessment, safety planning, and coping strategies for clients and crisis workers alike. Laura also provides on-going care and support to crisis workers, who are first-line responders in answering mental health crisis calls, texts, and chats from across the U.S. As part of this ongoing support work, Laura develops and delivers specialized training on vicarious trauma, boundaries, and providing crisis mental health care to vulnerable populations. Prior to her work with PRS CrisisLink, Laura worked as an educator in various capacities both in the US and internationally, including as a sexual assault prevention educator and crisis advocate for college and high school students in central New York. In Spring 2019, Laura completed her Master of Arts Degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus in Public Policy at George Washington University where her research interests included restorative justice, sexual violence, and community care.