Law Enforcement Resiliency and Peer Support
Many members of law enforcement cope with the stress that arises from police work by turning to their peers. In this course, you will learn how to serve as a peer counselor, conduct individual psychological debriefings, make appropriate referrals for peers and their family members and connect these approaches to the enhancement of human resiliency.
Special emphasis will be placed on the stress of undercover operations, assignments to high-risk or specialized teams, exposure to critical incidents and the effects of a depressed economy. We will teach you how to recognize the emotional and physiological aspects of stress and its effects on agency personnel. You will gain an understanding of a variety of mental health issues as well as factors involved in police suicide and drug and alcohol abuse.
You will learn the elements of effective communication and how to apply active listening skills. We’ll also teach you how to conduct a variety of critical incident and psychological debriefings as well as how to set-up and manage peer support programs.
• Overview of peer support and resiliency
• Principles of police stress
• Peer support for the family
• Overview of mental and emotional health issues related to police stress
• Physiological aspects of police stress
• Understanding drug and alcohol abuse
• Police suicide
• Effective communication
• Coping with stress
• Human resiliency and law enforcement
• Conducting debriefings
• Peer support program management
Note: This course has challenging academic requirements including role playing, a written examination and small group exercises. You will be required to participate in a dynamic group study and presentation to demonstrate your understanding of peer counseling approaches and policies.
Audience: You must be a sworn member of law enforcement or corrections, a non-law enforcement member of an emergency services agency, or a mental health professional or clergy member supporting emergency service activities. Requests for exceptions must be submitted and approved by the instructor.
Course length: 40 hours