First Responders are 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 begin 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:




Comprehensive Programming for First Responders 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 Peer Response Team Members.

This training 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.

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Topics presented during this training include:

  • An Orientation to First Responder Stress
    • The Impact of Stress
    • Sources of Stress in First Respopnse
    • 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
    • Working With Stress Groups
    • Problem Solving
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Leadership and Influence
  • Family Focus Program
  • Networking with Local Community Resources
  • The Role of EAP’s in Stress Intervention Programs
  • Establishing a First Responder Stress Program
  • Establishing a Peer Response Team.


  • 2-Day Basic Peer Response Team Training
  • Stress Training; 2 hrs, 4 hrs, 6 hrs, 8, hrs.
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Gambling
  • Holistic Health
  • Family Dynamics

Other training topics offered by request. We utilize all of our identified Team members based on their experience and Subject Matter Expertise. We also utilized existing already trained and experienced Team Members as well.