Helping the Helpers: Public Safety Peer Support Training

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Wethersfield Police Department

250 Silas Deane Highway

Wethersfield, CT 06109

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FOR PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL ONLY

Giving public safety personnel the tools to help each other

Personnel will learn the skills required to provide effective peer support, public safety specific resources and when and how to make an effective referrals. Video tapes, personal accounts and an adult learning model will be used foster dialogue and discussion.

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 Active listening skills  Maintaining healthy boundaries  The difference between peer support and counseling  Maintaining confidentiality among peers  Effects of cumulative, chronic stress on the mind and body  How to identify and refer peers struggling with compulsive behaviors or addictions including gambling and substance abuse  Physiological response to acute stress  Cumulative and Post -Traumatic Stress  Relationship issues  Substance abuse, gambling and other addictions  Domestic violence  Bereavement and grief  Suicide prevention, assessment and referral  Healthy life skills for stress management  State police model policy regarding peer support and confidentiality  Making effective referrals  Critical Incident Stress Management

The Peer Support Training Faculty consists of Public Safety Professionals with extensive experience leading successful Peer Support Teams and experts in the field of public safety mental health. Critical Incident Stress Management Training is delivered by a certified instructor of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

5 day training; 35 Contact hours
Participants will be certified in all aspects of Individual and Group Peer Support and CISM by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

This training is subsidized through the generosity of Believe 208.

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