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Public Safety Surviving Your Career - Peer Support Training

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Owasso City Hall - Community Room

200 S Main St

Owasso, OK 74055

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In an effort to better equip Public Safety employees in coping with the stress of their careers the City of Owasso has created a "Surviving Your Career" effort. As a part of this effort we are providing an opportunity for members of our police and fire departments to obtain Peer Support Training and we are opening this training up to surrounding communities.

Dr. Kathy Thomas, PhD will be presenting a 3-day Peer Support Training combining ALL of the content of ICISF’s (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation) Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention courses.

Date: April 25, 26, 27, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm with 1-1/2 hours for lunch (lunch is on your own)

Cost: $125 per attendee or $100 per attendee if three or more attending from the same organization

Class size is limited.


What is Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention training (also known as Peer Support Training)?

Peer Support Training/Crisis Intervention training 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”. Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, this course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services for both the individual and for groups. 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.

This course is designed for anyone in the fields of Business & Industry Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.

Program Highlights

  • Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention
  • Resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum
  • Critical incident stress management
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Basic crisis communication techniques
  • Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions
  • Putative and empirically-derived mechanisms
  • SAFER-Revised model
  • Suicide intervention
  • Relevant research findings
  • Large group crisis interventions
  • Small group crisis interventions
  • Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

Completion of “Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support” & “Group Crisis Intervention” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (27 Contact Hours) qualifies as two CORE classes in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.

Dr. Kathy Thomas began working with public safety personnel and critical incident stress in April 1995, in response to the OKC Bombing. In addition, she responded to both New York and Washington DC following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as four F5 tornado responses. Dr. Thomas has worked in the field of mental health for over 25 years and has a passion and focus on traumatic stress for first responders. Dr. Thomas is a certified ICISF trainer.


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