Training & Associates

Cynthia Goss, Grady Bray, Roger Solomon & Dr. Violanti

The Dream Team

 

Catch A Falling Star’s “Dream team” now offering a one-day conference addressing law enforcement stress, critical incident stress, peer support and suicide prevention.

Dr. John Violanti, Lt. Tom English, Chris Prochut, Lt. Col. Eduardo Suarez, Janice McCarthy and Cindy Goss pictured along with Peter Volkmann not pictured.

Cindy Goss

Cynthia Goss

Instructor, Interventionist, Case Manager, and Consultant

Cynthia Goss has over 20 years- experience working with law enforcement personnel & first responders and their families and helped define the standards of international law enforcement stress programs. Instructed in excess of 10,000 officers over the years, Cynthia is a dynamic, engaging public speaker who utilizes interactive modules in order to drive home the importance of her material. Working directly with law enforcement academies across the United States and Canada, law enforcement is taught effective techniques to deal with a broad-based spectrum of issues, such as stress management and critical stress management, job burnout, fitness, resources referrals and suicide prevention to name a few.

TRAINING PROGRAMS:

  • New Recruit Stress Management/Critical Incident Stress Management Seminar.
  • New Recruit Family Program on Stress Management and Critical Incident Stress management.
  • Supervisor Training on Stress Management and Critical Incident Stress Management.
  • Rank & File Stress Management and Critical Incident Stress Management.
  • Suicide awareness and prevention.
  • Alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Domestic Violence.
  • Family dysfunction
  • Other training provided by request

CONSULTATION SERVICES FOR:

  • Development of a specialized Employee or Members Assistance Program.
  • Development of Critical Incident Stress Peer Officer Support Team.
  • Development of Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Program.
  • Development of Family Assistance Support program.
  • Development of local law enforcement support groups such as Family Support, AA and NA support groups.
  • Development of outpatient and inpatient mental health and addiction treatment programs.

 


  Roger Solomon

Roger Solomon, formerly police psychologist with the Colorado Springs Police Department and Washington State Patrol, currently is Clinical Director of the South Carolina PCIS and Police Psychologist with South Carolina Department of Public Safety. He is also consultant with the trauma programs of the US Senate and NASA. Post Critical Incident Stress Seminar – PCIS PCIS is a three day program which originated with the FBI in 1985. This multiday program is for officers who have been involved in critical incidents. Quite often an officer is provided support in the initial days or weeks following a critical incident. However, in the weeks and months following the critical incident, an officer may still be experiencing the emotional impact of the incident. The street, the gun, and indeed one’s life may feel different. There has been a lack of follow-up programs for officers involved in critical incidents. This program meets that need, and provides a safe, confidential atmosphere where officers can talk with fellow officers who have “been there.” The first day, the program is introduced and an agreement is made that what is said in the seminar stays in the seminar. Most of the day is spent with participants explaining the incident(s) they were involved in. However, it is certainly okay if someone prefers to just listen and not talk. The second day education on critical incident trauma is presented and participants break into smaller groups for further discussion. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a therapeutic method for resolving traumatic memories and reducing distressing images, is offered on a voluntary basis. The third day, education on coping is presented as well as further group discussions. A Family oriented Program is also incorporated in this 3-day training to assist officer family members with education and coping strategies as well. Follow-up studies on this seminar have shown that it is very helpful in reducing traumatic reactions, and appreciated by officers. It is important to note that any officer who still has an active case regarding their incident, will be instructed not to disclose details regarding their case but can participate in the educational component of the program. Solomon is now providing PCIS for Military Personnel returning from deployment for both officer and civilians alike.   For more information you may contact Dr. Solomon at: Roger Solomon Phone: (716) 565-1857 EMAIL: ROGERSOLOMON@aol.com


Dr.ViolantiDr. Violanti

Dr. Violanti is a Research Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo and a member of the University at Buffalo graduate faculty. He was formerly a full professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology Department of Criminal Justice. He is a police veteran, serving with the New York State Police for 23 years as a trooper, criminal investigator, and later as a coordinator of the Psychological Assistance Program (EAP) for the State Police. Dr. Violanti has been involved in the design, implementation, and analysis of police stress and health studies during his entire career. Recent projects include a longitudinal study on psychological stress and cardiovascular disease in police officers and the impact of shift work on police health outcomes funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Violanti has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles on police stress and PTSD, police mortality, suicide, and cardiovascular health. He has also written and edited seventeen books on topics of police stress, psychological trauma, and suicide. He has lectured nationally and internationally at academic institutions and police agencies on matters of suicide, stress and trauma at work. Violanti routinely teaches and certifies first-responders on the QPR Technique for assessing first-responders level of lethality.

Dr.GradyBrayGrady Bray

Grady Bray is an internationally known disaster psychologist and one of the originators of the critical incident stress support movement. He has responded to numerous national and international disasters and has provided training to federal, state and local governments, emergency responders, schools, businesses and corporations. He continues to help develop CISM Teams across the country as well as internationally. Crises, disaster and emergency situations are an all too frequent part of contemporary life. We are constantly confronted with: NATURAL disasters – such as hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and earthquakes; NON-INTENTIONAL industrial, manufacturing and corporate events-such as chemical spills, toxic releases, accidents and air crashes; DELIBERATE acts-such as mass shootings, corporate and industrial sabotage, and other individual acts of violence against people and property; and TERRORISM- acts by individuals or groups designed to de-stabilize government, business or industrial sectors and change the norms of a society. To better prepare for these situations, Bray Associates offers a continuum of services including risk analysis, planning, training, drills/exercises, consulting and outcome evaluation. Our associates are professionally training and grounded in the “real world” crisis experiences. CURRENT TRAINING:

  • Critical Incident Stress Management – Basic, Advanced, Team leader and Train-the-Trainer.
  • Pandemic and Mass Fatality response.
  • Public health Department Crisis Stress and Peer Support Program.
  • Law Enforcement Crisis Stress and Peer Support program.
  • School Crisis Rapid Intervention Program (SCRIP).

CRISIS PLANNING – We can create, assist in creation or evaluate:

  • State and local government H1N1 plans.
  • Higher Educational emergency plans.
  • Mass Fatality Plans
  • Businesses and Corporation contingency plans.

DRILLS AND EXERCISES:

  • Based on policies, procedures and plans, effective drills and exercises are a way to test response prior to an event. In addition to creating reality based exercises, our trainers provide pre-exercise consultation, exercise management and a written critique after the frill or exercise.

COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMMING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT STRESS (CPLES) COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMMING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT STRESS is a separate training component from Catch A Falling Star facilitated by both Dr. Grady Bray and Cindy Goss. CPLES is designed to be facilitated within a two-day training module however; additional time is always extended to those agencies with varies training needs. Law enforcement is generally acknowledged as the most stressful profession. The consequences of prolonged exposure to such a high stress career can include increased risks for cardiovascular disease, depression, family dysfunction, substance abuse and suicide. Stress issues have consistently been identified as a priority activity for law enforcement agencies in FBI training assessment surveys. Appropriately addressing these stress related issues for any agency begins with the active support of command officers and administrators and extends throughout the organization. The ability of the organization to respond to stress issues is based on three critical components: KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND COMFORT Comprehensive Programming for Law Enforcement Stress (CPLES) addresses each of these components and provides practical guidelines for implementing and maintaining a broad based law enforcement stress program. At the conclusion of this training, participants should be able to assist in the establishment, operation and promotion of a stress program for law enforcement agencies. Participants will also be certified as Law Enforcement Stress Managers by the Foundation For Law Enforcement Stress. CPLES is a fast paced lecture and experiential program. Participants are expected to actively engage in the exercises in order to apply the information presented during the lectures and demonstrate the individual and group skills necessary for the development and operation of a stress support program. Topics presented during the CPLES training include:

  • An Orientation to Law Enforcement Stress
  • The Impact of Stress
  • Sources of Stress in Law Enforcement
  • Practical Strategies for Coping With Stress
  • When the Unusual Happens: Critical Incident Stress
  • The Process of Psychological Trauma
  • One-On-One Support
  • Decompression
  • Defusing
  • Debriefing
  • Peer Support Orientations
  • Guidelines for Peer Support Programs
  • Screening for Peer Support Officers
  • Training for Peer Support Groups
  • Supportive Communications
  • For more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Bray at:
  • Grady Bray, Ph.D.
  • 9 Hunters Creek Drive
  • Huntsville, TX 77340
  • Phone: (936) 295-0186
  • Email: gradybray@sbcglobal.net