Officer Wellness Training Course Descriptions

CISM: Assisting Individuals in Crisis (16 hours)

Crisis Intervention is NOT psychotherapy; rather, it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. Thus, crisis intervention is sometimes called "emotional first aid." This program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention.

Completion of "Assisting Individuals in Crisis" and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (13 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF's Certificate of Specialized Training Program.

CISM: Group Crisis Intervention (16 hours)

Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, the Group Crisis Intervention course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusings and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.

Completion of "Group Crisis Intervention" and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (14 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF's Certificate of Specialized Training Program.

CISM: Individual and Group Peer Support Training (3 days combined)

This three-day course is designed to teach peer support crisis intervention skills to public safety officers. It is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention course used throughout the United States by law enforcement agencies. This training requires specialized instruction developed and supported by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). As physical first aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. This three-day seminar will provide the participant with the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to provide this "psychological first aid" to co-workers and others affected by critical incidents, post traumatic stress as well as the long-term effects of cumulative stress.

The core curriculum is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention and several of the internationally accepted group crisis interventions. Participants will be able to critically identify the multi-component approach to crisis intervention strategies in the aftermath of a critical incident. Peer support team planning will also be discussed.

This training session is taught by ICISF (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation) certified instructors. Trainees will receive two certificates for successful completion of this training.

Advanced Peer Support and Mentoring Training (2 hours)

In 2015 the Indianapolis Metro PD (IMPD) Peer Support and Mentoring program was recognized as a national peer training model for public safety. Agencies starting peer programs or looking to enhance peer support teams would benefit from this training—offered exclusively to FOP lodges through the FOP Wellness Committee. Advanced Peer Support and Mentoring is a natural complement to the ICISF Jeff Mitchell Model CISM and CISD training as it focuses on recognizing red flags before crisis occurs and by developing the individual who will be providing peer support. The training also identifies a methodology for developing agency and lodge resources to combat personal and career crisis. This course is available in a 2- or 4-hour format.

Resiliency, Wellness and Development: Personal and Career Survival (2 hours)

Wellness is more than an annual physical. Wellness should be holistic with a focus on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges as well as developing a family and work support system. This 2-hour training course offered by the FOP Officer Wellness Committee focuses on individual and family resiliency by addressing our ability to cope throughout our career while reducing crisis and failure through education, proactivity and the development of health resources.

Early Intervention: PTSD and Suicide Prevention (2 hours)

Multiple studies and sources have concluded law enforcement loses more officers to personal crisis than duty-related tragedy as thousands of officers wrestle daily with trauma, family toxicity, victim-thinking and self-harm without a clear path to health. This 2-hour training course offered by the FOP Officer Wellness Committee reviews the seeds of personal and professional challenges and the early warning red flag indicators, and outlines how to respond before and after crisis occurs.

Resilience and Officer Suicide (2 hours)

Happy, healthy law enforcement officers do not commit suicide. Immersed in a world of human suffering and interpersonal violence, however, over a career that can potentially span three decades, can anyone remain happy and healthy? Have we surrendered to accepting suicide as an unfortunate byproduct of our profession? Are we doomed to a lifestyle of suicide by inches? From the perspective of a street officer and peer support provider, Danny Veith will share his thoughts on the responsibilities both an agency and individual officer share in the realm of wellness and resilience within our vocation.

Green to Blue: Military Veterans Returning to Civilian Law Enforcement (2 hours)

In Green to Blue: Veterans Returning to Civilian Law Enforcement, the participant will learn to recognize the effects of trauma and develop strategies for dealing with those serving in the military and veterans who have returned or started their Law Enforcement careers. This course will help guide the participant, using practical skills and "toolbox" knowledge, how to effectively use the principles of Critical Incident Response to aid the Veteran Officer during times of Traumatic or Crisis Reactions.