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Darrin D. Tonsfeldt

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Director

The Village Business Institute
1201 25 Th Street South
Fargo, North Dakota 58103
United States

Company Description: The Village Business Institute's (VBI) Executive Chemical Dependency Services help companies address addiction problems among senior managers, board members, or...   more
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Employment History

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  • MS , LP
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The Village Business Institute: Employee Profiles
www.thevbi.com, 10 June 2014 [cached]
Darrin Tonsfeldt - Division Director, Financial Resource Center, Regional Counseling Services, The Village Business Institute The Village Business Institute: Employee Profiles The Village Business Institute Home | Request a Quote | About | Contact Us | Upcoming Events | VBI Catalog
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Darrin Tonsfeldt
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Darrin Tonsfeldt Division Director, Financial Resource Center, Regional Counseling Services, The Village Business Institute
Biography:
Darrin Tonsfeldt is the Division Director of Behavioral Health and Financial Services. Darrin has a background of program administration, employee supervision and clinical experience - as well as 20 years experience in organizational consulting and planning. He provides oversight of Financial Resource Center, Regional Counseling Services and The Village Business Institute along with consulting services that include: strategic planning, career, leadership, management, and executive coaching, corporate training and group facilitation, crisis response in the workplace, and organizational consulting. Darrin has been with The Village since 1997.
The Village Family Service Center - Press Releases
www.thevillagefamily.org, 1 June 2011 [cached]
By Darrin Tonsfeldt, Director, In-Office and Organizational Services, The Village Family Service Center
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Darrin Tonsfeldt, Director, In-office and Organizational Services, The Village Family Service Center, provides guidance for parents on how to best answer their children's questions about scary weather like tornadoes and the tragedies it can create.
The Village Business Institute: About
www.thevbi.com, 10 June 2014 [cached]
Darrin Tonsfeldt - Division Director, Financial Resource Center, Regional Counseling Services, The Village Business Institute
TORNADO TALK AND KIDS : The Village Family Magazine
villagefamilymag.org, 1 May 2014 [cached]
By Darrin Tonsfeldt, Director of The Village Business Institute of The Village Family Service Center
Building Resilience in Troubled Times : The Village Family Magazine
villagefamilymag.org, 1 May 2014 [cached]
To get more reliable information about the thoughts running through my own head, I talked with Darrin Tonsfeldt, director of The Village Business Institute at The Village Family Service Center. He gave me a lot of helpful pointers on the psychological effects of a natural disaster and how one simple action can keep us level while dealing with the flood: resilience. Resilience is the ability for people to bounce back after a crisis and to adapt to changes. No matter what type of natural disaster is occurring, Darrin says, resilience is an action that can be built on your own or as a team, and will keep you from being overwhelmed and stressed. The biggest way you can build resilience is to eat right, get lots of sleep, exercise regularly, and stay connected to friends, family, faith or whatever is important to you. It's no coincidence that "strength in numbers" is a common phrase. These are the components that build your resilience up but are so easily disregarded when a person gets stressed or overwhelmed. Another factor that is important is stated very simply by Darrin: "Let's not subscribe tragedy where no tragedy needs to be subscribed." Coping When Things Get Tough Everyone is affected by Mother Nature's not-always-wonderful works. But if you are directly impacted and physically wearing yourself out, that is when you become susceptible to depression and anxiety. "The reality is that 80% of people are going to cope just fine; it's the other 20% that may or may not cope." Darrin says we need to respect those individuals by not exaggerating news reports or causing undue stress.
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A great resource Darrin shared with me was the Red River Resilience website. http://www.redriverresilience.com/ It is there to help educate and understand the dynamics of a crisis.
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That's why Darrin prescribes talking and listening as crucial components to the healing process. Darrin says that just listening provides a great sense of relief to flood victims. Listen and actually hear what they went through, how they handled the situation, and how it affects them today. True listening, however, means that you must not tell them your story or tell them you know exactly how they feel. "The one thing you don't want to do is try to top them or assume your situation was worse," Darrin says.
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Darrin said to watch your child for "anxiousness, irritability, getting upset easily, not sleeping normally, eating too much or too little, all of those things can add up to be problematic," Darrin says.
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