TESTIMONIALS

"Awesome. Very interactive, Kept the class involved."

~Dan B. Madison Co. SD

"Only class I could spend 8 hours at twice. Always a great class." Washington County, IL [Dispatchers & Vicarious Trauma August 13, 2018]

"This was my favorite class throughout the last two weeks. The instructor was amazing. I really recommend all first responders take this class. Dr. Olivia Johnson does a great job teaching this class. You can tell she puts her heart into her job. I loved this class!        ~Lauren H. Monroe Co. SD Vicarious Trauma Class

"This instructor was phenomenal/ I enjoyed this class and got a lot of knowledge and coping skills out of it."

~ Kacey H. Wood River PD Vicarious Trauma

"Instructor kept class very involved. Offered very helpful information for managing stress."
~Cindy L. IL State Police, Vicarious Trauma

WHO WE TRAIN

 

Police, Fire, EMS, Military, Clergy, Corrections,

Tele-communicators, Educators (primary and secondary), Counselors,

ED Staff/Medical/Clinical

Personnel, Legal personnel, and many other support types of organizations. 

Call 618-791-9146 to schedule a class today. 

 

Balanced Warrior:

Proactive Officer Wellness

              TOP REQUESTED CLASS

 

This one-day (8 hour) class was specifically designed for all first responders! Learners will realize what it means to be a balanced warrior and they will understand the importance of holistic wellness and the detriments to not maintaining balance. Each learner will be provided with tools and skills sets necessary to maintain personal and professional balance on and off-duty. Wellness is discussed in terms of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. 

 

Audience: First responders (Police, Fire, EMS, Corrections, Tele-communicators), administrators, peer support members, CIT members, and clergy.

*Foundational class to Surviving & Thriving

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Vicarious Trauma, Burnout, & Suicide: 

Awareness, Prevention, &

Self-Care for Educators

               TOP REQUESTED CLASS

This one-day (8-hour) class was designed to help first responders and families better understand how the job can affect overall health and wellness. Much attention has been placed on heart health, due to the number of heart-related injuries and fatalities claiming the lives of our first responders. This class is about personal empowerment and is a MUST have in saving lives, because Saving Lives Starts in the Classroom. It is not just about surviving, but thriving and plugging in once back home.

Audience: First responders (Police, Fire, EMS, corrections, Tele-comunicators), administrators, first responder families, clergy, peer support members, CIT members, and anyone working in a personal or professional capacity with first responders.

   To Request Training Call 618-791-9146 

Dispatchers

&

Vicarious Trauma

               TOP REQUESTED CLASS

This 8-hour class is highly recommended for all dispatch/ telecommunications professionals and personnel, 9-1-1supervisors, law enforcement  personnel, and first responder administrators and supervisors, or any contemplating an emergency services or law enforcement career.  This class focuses primarily on stress and stress management, vicarious trauma, critical incident stress, burnout, anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Incident. These everyday professionals are burdened with call after call, oftentimes with no breaks to process any of them. This class will not only bring these issues to light, but to provide real-life solutions, local and national resources, and hands-on tools and techniques to improve the quality of life at work and home. 

Audience: Telecommunications personnel/administrators, 9-1-1 supervisors, law enforcement, and anyone considering a career in tele-communications/dispatch or law enforcement. 

     To Request Training Call 618-791-9146

Available in a 4 or 8-hour format. This class was specifically designed for spouses, significant others, and partners of those behind the badge. These are unique relationships in many ways and this class aims to address concerns, answer questions, and provide an atmosphere of sharing and learning. 

 

Topics include: positive relationships and correlations to mental wellness, improving communication and active listening, fight fair, deescalation techniques, recognizing personal risk factors in your loved one, and learning to manage stress and worry positively. It is time we start taking care of you.

Audience: First responders, first responder spouses, significant others, partners, or anyone in a relationship with a first responder, and clergy members.

     To Request Training Call 618-791-9146

Officer in Crisis

Millions of Americans suffer from mental health issues every year. Police officers and other first responders are not exempt from this reality. “A crisis can occur at any time and can include: receiving word of the death/unexpected death of a loved one, a line-of-duty death, peer suicide, a terminal diagnosis of one’s self or loved one, termination, indictment, investigation, arrest, etc.” Agencies prepare to deal with the citizen mental health emergency, but often fall short when addressing these issues within their ranks. Job cuts and dwindling budgets have left many agencies short-staffed. Officers will be exposed to greater rates of stress and trauma due to these shortfalls. Are you prepared to deal with an OIC in your agency on-duty? 

 

 

 

Audience: Law enforcement personnel, first line supervisors, administrators, families, peer support members, CIT members, first responder families, mental health professionals, and clergy.

MISSOURI POST CERTIFIED

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RESOURCES

This one-day (8-hour) class was designed to help first responders better understand how stress affects the body and the mind. Learners will understand the good, the bad, and the ugly about Police Stress, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, burnout, compassion fatigue, cumulative forms of stress. and critical incident stress. Learners will recognize areas in their lives (personally and professionally) that contribute to stress, learn how to recognize and combat stress, and how to talk with healthcare providers and family members about health and wellness. 

 

 

 

Audience: Law enforcement, supervisors, administrators, first responder family members, and clergy.

    To Request Training Call 618-791-9146

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Agency Lunch N Learn

These trainings are offered in 1, 1.5, or 2 hour increments, but we can tailor time to meet your needs. We come to your agency - you only need to bring your lunch. 

 

Topics include: first responder health and wellness, stress and anger management, suicide awareness and prevention, police stress, dealing with an officer in crisis, suicide in St. Clair County (IL), safety considerations for LE when guns are in the home, performance evaluations, etc. 

If you have a topic of interest that is not listed here, please give us a call. 

Training only offered in St. Clair and Madison Counties (IL)

To Request Training Call 618-791-9146

Coping with Stress:
Responders to Victims of Violence &Trauma Related Experiences

“This training should be attended by all professionals who come in contact with and respond to victims of violence and trauma-related experiences which would include prosecutors, defense attorneys and civil attorneys. Trauma-related experiences could include physical, emotional or financial abuse of older adults or persons with disabilities; domestic violence and custody cases; sexual assault cases; stalking cases; school shootings; robberies; assault and battery cases.

 

This presentation is part of the continuing effort to educate and enhance services provided by our community partners and to provide training that will improve practices and support efforts to increase victim and community safety as well as the safety of those professionals who respond to these victims.. 

 

The presenter shares that cumulative forms of stress can be catastrophic to those who respond to victims of violence and trauma-related incidents in the form of liability, medical costs, lost work, increased absenteeism and lost trust which could seriously impact the ability of an attorney to perform effectively and represent their clients to the best of their abilities. Training and education about the adverse effects of stress can better prepare them for what they may encounter when working with victims of violence and trauma-related incidents, including completed suicide if left unaddressed.”

This class can be done in a half day (4-hour), one-day (8-hour) or two-day (16-hour) format and is specifically designed for first responders, medical support personnel, clinical personnel, families in caregiving roles, etc. regardless of rank, position, or role (e.g., military, police, fire, EMS, nurses, ED staff, clergy, physicians, corrections, tele-communicators, etc.). If you have questions about who should attend, just call. 

Training is readily available to address the safety and security in many occupations, but training and education often falls short in addressing issues of health and wellness. An unwell individual results in an unwell organization. Those who serve others should be aware of all their occupational hazards. We must start taking better care of all of our caregivers. Trained first responders are more confident, competent, and capable when aware of all the dangers of the job.

This course is about personal and agency empowerment – It is about being 

 

Resilient 4 Life!!

Stalking: When Obession goes too Far

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] (2011) approximately 7.5 million + people are stalked each year in the US. This number reflects only those cases which were reported. The majority of stalking victims know their stalker? Most stalkers are current or former intimate partners (The National Center for Victims of Crime), often making it difficult for victims to break the cycle of violence and receive adequate help. This is often because victims fail to or fear to report their stalkers. Females account for the majority of victims of stalking and often report intimate partner violence, domestic violence and rape within these relationships. Anyone can be a victim of stalking at any time and by any one.

Peer Support

Training

for Law Enforcement

Peer support and peer support teams provide law enforcement, clinical, and no-clinical professionals with support during times of need. This can be the result of personal and/or professional issues, stress, or the result of critical incidents and trauma experienced on the job. 

This 2-day (16-hour) class can be useful to police officers, clergy, medical and clinical personnel, non-clinical (essential personnel), sergeants, supervisors, possible Peer Support Team members, etc) and will discuss in-depth: 

 

DAY 1: what peer support [PS] is, how PS can be used effectively in your agency, recognizing stress, how to seek out clinical and other professionals who can provide support, recognizing the levels of PS, identifying stress, trauma, and critical incidents and the impact on the individual officer, family, and agency, formal versus informal PS, understanding the role police culture plays in seeking assistance and peer support initiatives, and discussions about personal self-care and recovery. 

DAY 2: assessing agency need for a formal PS team, PS Team goals and responsibilities, intervention considerations, debriefing and confidentiality, how to develop a team, suicide awareness and potential risk factors, mental health issues, caring for the PS team member, PS model, and code of conduct.

To Request Training Call 618-791-9146

Police Suicide:

You don't Have the Right to Remain Silent

Upon completion of this 8-hour class, learners will recognize the signs and symptoms associated with depression and suicidal ideation; identify contributing factors of police suicide; possess a general knowledge of suicide theories; will implement the ACT principle; will explain the role of police culture on officer wellness; will identify positive and negative characteristics of police culture; will recognize the role of self-medication in cases of completed suicide, suicidal ideation, and in misdiagnosis of mental health issues; will be able to point out officers in need of professional mental health services; and will demonstrate a broad/general knowledge of communication skills used to assist officers in need; and will possess a vast array of resources necessary to assist their fellow officer or themselves.

Audience: Police officers, administrators, mental health clinicians, first responder families, peer support members, CIT members, and clergy.

    To Request Training Call 618-791-9146

BOLO Series™

(6 Individual Modules taught in 2 or 3-Days)

BOLO 1: Depression on the Force

Upon completion, learners will be able to: define depression; recognize the signs and symptoms associated with depression; understand personal risks for depression; comprehend contributing factors of depression; know how to seek out assistance for depression; learn how to interact with health care providers when asking questions about depression; develop positive coping mechanisms to decrease risks of depression; work on recognizing those in need of professional assistance; and build a knowledge base and skill set of resources necessary to help other law enforcement personnel who may be suffering silently from depression.

 

BOLO 2: Substance Abuse Behind the Badge

Upon completion, learners will be able to: define substance abuse from several different components; recognize the signs and symptoms associated with substance abuse (i.e., alcohol, prescription and non-prescription drugs); understand personal risks for substance abuse; comprehend contributing factors for substance abuse; seek out professional assistance for substance abuse; learn how to interact with health care providers; develop positive coping skills to decrease substance abuse; work on recognizing those in need of professional assistance; and build a knowledge base and skill set of resources necessary to help other law enforcement personnel who may be substance abusers.

 

BOLO 3: Mental Illness within the Ranks

Upon completion, learners will be able to: define mental illness; recognize the signs and symptoms associated with mental illness and varying degrees of mental illness; understand personal risks for mental illness; comprehend contributing factors; seek out appropriate assistance for issues dealing with mental illness; learn how to interact with health care providers when asking questions regarding mental illness; recognize the need for professional assistance; assist in reducing the stigmas attached to mental illness; and contribute to a knowledge base of resources necessary to assist other law enforcement personnel who may be suffering from some form of mental illness.

 

BOLO 4: Stress, Anxiety Disorders, and PTSD

Upon completion, learners will be able to: develop an understanding of stress and anxiety disorders; recognize different kinds of stress (acute, chronic, eustress, and distress); define good and bad stress, anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); recognize the signs and symptoms associated with good and bad stress, anxiety disorders, and PTSD; identify personal risks factors; know when to seek out assistance; learn how to interact with health care providers when asking questions about these and other stress and anxiety disorders; devise new coping strategies to reduce stress and anxiety; recognize correlations between stress, anxiety disorders, depression, and suicide.

 

BOLO 5: Suicidal Ideation and Risks for LE Personnel

Upon completion, learners will be able to: define suicidal ideation, attempted suicide, and completed suicide; recognize the signs and symptoms associated with suicidal ideation and attempted suicide; understand personal risks for suicidal ideation and completed suicide; acknowledge statistics and one’s risk of completed suicide when attempted suicides are present; recognize contributing factors for suicidal ideation and one’s risk for suicide; occupational risks for suicidal ideation and completed suicide; seek out assistance for suicidal ideation, depression, and issues which contribute to one exhibiting these feelings before suicide is seen as a viable option; assist in breaking down stigmas attached to issues of mental health; learn how to interact with health care providers when asking questions about depression, suicidal ideation, or mental illness; implement stress management techniques to limit one’s exposure to bad stress, while reducing risk of depression; understand correlations between depression, suicide ideation, suicide attempts, and completed suicide.

 

BOLO 6: Relationships, Communication Skills & Domestic Violence

Upon completion, learners will be able to: see the importance of relationships in regards to mental wellness, discover several new ways to open up lines of communication, build effective communication skills outside of work, incorporate essential listening skills with significant others, and understand how communication and listening skills can improve all relationships. Recognize the risk for domestic violence in police families, due to maladaptive coping skills and inadequate communication. 

 

 

 

Audience: First responders (Police, Fire, EMS, Corrections, Tele-communicators), administrators, first responder families, peer support members, CIT members, clergy, and anyone working personally or professionally with first responders. 

    To Request Training Call 618-791-9146

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Suicide in St. Clair County, IL 2006-16

Suicide is a significant public health concern affecting virtually every demographic. Case files from the St. Clair County, Illinois, Coroner’s Office classified as suicide between 2006-16 were examined. This class will discuss the findings and will provide recommendations and strategies towards improving suicide awareness, prevention, and intervention efforts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audience: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Recommended attendance: Law enforcement, suicide awareness and prevention organizations, physicians and medical personnel, mental health providers, clinicians, City and Public Officials, corrections personnel, military leaders, military and veteran personnel and military/veteran-based organizations, Emergency Department personnel, medical examiners/coroners/deputy coroners, clergy members, School Administrators and Regional Offices of Education, College and University Administrators and Guidance Counselors, Legal counsel, judicial advocates, judges , trade unions, employers, substance abuse counselors, assisted living/nursing home directors, family members, and local community members. 

 

To Request Training Call 618-791-9146