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First Responder Trauma Counselors offers an Intensive and Extensive Peer Support Training Academy. Our Academy is taught by actual Front Line First Responders/Clinicians
Our next Academy is in October of this year (2020) and will be held in Windsor, Colorado
2021 currently has a February Academy
Seats are limited, it is wise to enroll some months in advance to ensure your seat
**If you are a Hosting Agency, you can have TWO seats allocated for FREE**
Confidentiality • Role Conflict • Limits and liability • Communication facilitation and listening skills • Nonverbal communication • Problem assessment • Problem-solving skills • Cross-cultural issues • Common psychological symptoms • Medical conditions confused with psychiatric disorders • Stress management and resiliency • Burnout out and Boreout • Grief management and Loss • Domestic violence • Medical issues and lifestyle impact • Suicide assessment and prevention • Crisis management intervention • Work-related critical incident stress management • Dependency and abuse • Concepts of Peer Support • Operational & Policy Guidelines for your Department • Stress Management • When to seek mental health consultation/referral information • Relationship/family issues and concerns • Military support • Local resources • Organizational stress and communication • Brief screening tools • Wellness and self care • Anger Management • Ethical & Confidentiality issues in Peer Support • Suicide & Suicide Prevention • Trauma and PTSI • Communications • Interventions and Tips • Perspectives in Survivorship • Using a Therapy K-9 for Peer Support • Experiential processing Officer Involved Shootings/Aftermath
Joanne Rupert, MA LPC NBCC is currently the Clinical Supervisor to 9 Emergency Services Departments in Northern Colorado and across the Front Range. She has over 18 years of understanding the complexities of Peer Support in Emergency Services. Joanne utilizes additional Presenters who are Culturally Competent to present at this First Responder Peer Support Certification Academy.
Taylor Montey, MA LPCC, has been in the fire service for 15 years and is currently working as a Clinician serving the First Responder population.
Stephanie Neuman MSW, LSCW in Law Enforcement for 10 years, as a Detention Officer and Patrol Sergeant. Is trained in EMDR and Brain Spotting.
Chris Hill, CAC II - Captain, Northern Colorado Fire Department, Peer Support Team Coordinator for large Northern Colorado Agency.
Q: Do I have to be attached to a First Responder Agency to attend?
A: It isn't a requirement however, it would be wise to be either attached to, or aligned with one.
Q: Do I have to attend all 5 days?
A: Yes, in order for you to acquire certification of completion, you must attend all 5 days.
Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: We understand the nature of being a First Responder, if you need to cancel you can choose another Academy date in the same year as a credit. We can only offer one amendment due to our own budget constraints.
Q: Does my Agency have to have a Peer Support Team already?
A: No, many of our attendees are there to begin the process of setting up their agency's first Peer Support Team.
Q: Can my Agency host an Academy?
A: Absolutely, reach out to us about how this can work for you.
Q: Is the Academy confidential?
A: Yes, discussions held within the confines of the Academy are not divulged.
Q: How many Academies per year are there?
A: We aim to hold at least 2 however, as our classes are kept small for efficacy, we find they fill up quickly. As a result, we hold as many per year as we can in line with agency requests.
Q: Are there tests or homework?
A: There are no tests, we use a blended learning approach where we integrate our LMS with face to face training. We also use reinforced learning practices to ensure that our participants graduate with 100% knowledge. There is some after class reading.
Q: Why is it a 40 hour Academy and not less?
A: The IAFF, CPFF and IACoP only endorse 40 Hour Peer Support training as a minimum standard. Additionally, should Colorado suffer a mass incident, the IAFF will only request those that have undergone 40 hours of training in this subject.