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3/21/2012 8:11:00 AM
Therapist, TIP volunteer works to help others through trauma

Diane DeHamer
Feature Writer

"I shall not pass this way again: then let me now relieve some pain, remove some barrier from the road, or brighten someone's heavy load."(Eve Rose Park)

Janet Dahlquist has been a licensed massage therapist and life coach by trade for the past 12 years.

"Being in this profession, I have seen many clients that have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and traumatic events in their lives. A lot of times when I'm giving a treatment people will release their emotional experiences. It is a very humbling place to be to have a client have that trust in me," Dahlquist said.

Originally from Chicago, Dahlquist moved to Chino Valley from Phoenix in 2009.

"I moved to Chino Valley because I wanted to experience the four seasons again. I also wanted to be grounded in my community. Last year I lost both my parents, which was a very traumatic time for me. So after seeing an article in the Review about TIP (Trauma Intervention Program) needing volunteers, I decided to volunteer," she said.

"TIP's training program is 55 plus hours and is about emotional first aid, and connecting with victims and survivors of a tragic event," she explained. TIP volunteers get calls from various organizations such as police, fire and sheriff's departments and emergency rooms. As a TIP volunteer, Dahlquist has responded to suicides, accidents, fires, sudden unexpected deaths and other tragic events.

"The police and firefighters welcome us to take care of and assist the victims and survivors so the first responders can perform their duties," she said.

"When you walk away from one of these tragedies, not only do you feel you have made a difference, but you have assisted people in taking one step and one moment at a time," she added.

Janet also assists TIP in dispatching volunteers where they are needed, and helps contact services such as the Red Cross, family members, and neighbors, so when the TIP volunteers leave tragic accidents or disasters, victims are not alone.

"I have always been a person who wants to make a difference, and working with TIP gives me the opportunity and the fulfillment," Dahlquist said.

TIP's new training classes start again on April 19, in Prescott.

Anyone interested can call Sue at 928-713-6625.

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