Training & Services

Basic Critical Incident Stress Management


The Basic CISM training program is designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum. The 2-day course prepares participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services including pre and post incident crisis education, significant other support services, on-scene support services, crisis intervention for individuals, demobilizations after large-scale traumatic incidents, small group defusings and the group intervention known as Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The Basic CISM course specifically prepares participants to provide several of these interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusings and the CISD. The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary is also described. Considerable evidence gathered to date strongly supports the multi-component crisis intervention strategy, which is discussed in this course.

Basic CISM training is open to any person who wishes to know more about crisis intervention techniques such as the CISD. Emergency services and disaster workers, security, safety, military, industrial and school system personnel, EAPs, human resources personnel, psychologists, social workers, counselors and others can all benefit from the Basic CISM training. The course is certified through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and comes with an ICISF workbook and certificate of completion.

Basic Peer Support

This three-day course brings participants together that have been selected as peer supporters by their departments or agencies on a volunteer basis from all ranks and positions within the workplace. Throughout this class participants will acquire supportive skills, which are designed to help them assist their co-workers who are experiencing a variety of life crisis situations, who feel comfortable talking to someone that has “been there” and understands what it’s like to work “their jobs”.

Peer support provides a way for employees and their family members to confidentially talk about personal/professional problems with specially trained co-workers who understand and want to help. Their primary function is to LISTEN, ASSESS and whenever necessary, REFER to professional counselors, and are taught to complement those services provided by mental health professionals.

Class Topics

  • Developing a Peer Support Program
  • Self-Disclosure
  • Active Listening/Paraphrasing
  • Crisis Intervention Techniques
  • Dealing with Depression and Suicide Situations
  • Grief and Mourning
  • Line-of-Duty-Deaths
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Diversity in Public Safety (LGBTQ)
  • Substance Abuse

Police Suicide Awareness


The National Police Suicide Foundation's dedicated mission is to provide
training programs on suicide awareness and prevention, that establish a standard of 
care and promote employee wellness

for law enforcement and military

for emergency responders

Providing support services that meet the psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of law enforcement, on every level, and law enforcement families

Emotional Survival

Provides law enforcement officers and their families the opportunity to review the dynamics that can transform, within a few years, motivated law enforcement officers into negative, cynical and angry individuals who begin having significant difficulties in both the professional and personal aspects of their lives.

This course deals with the issues that create law enforcement officers that see themselves as "victims" and begin rationalizing behavior that they previously would have considered inappropriate. The course also deals with the communication challenges that doom many law enforcement relationships and marriages to failure.

Anger Management

 While anger is a response to a perceived threat, or “unfairness,” unmanaged anger can lead to other problems. It gets in the way of flexibility, having a strategy, and thinking clearly. Anger causes people to act reactively, which causes the problem to become worse as opposed to better. So, the angry guy throws something because he’s unhappy that his home is a mess. He throws things around because he’s mad that he can’t find something. He insults his girlfriend creating yet another problem. So, with anger disappeared, he becomes more creative and clear and no longer inclined to move in a productive way. 

Ethics in Law Enforcement


There is no debate on the need for law enforcement to abide by stringent rules of ethics and integrity in the performance of duties. There have been far too many media reports in recent years about various

violations of ethics and trust on the part of law enforcement officers. While 99.9% of all law

enforcement officers are highly professional, ethical and committed to performing public service at the highest possible level, those who choose a path of brutality, corruption or deceit, taint every honest officer. The public is more likely to draw its impression of law enforcement from one bad cop than from thousands of good ones. That is why the International Association of Chiefs of Police has declared that, “Ethics is the greatest training and leadership need in law enforcement today…” Police must meet and abide by the highest ethical standards to maintain the public’s trust. That is the purpose of this video; to reinforce the need for the highest ethical standards.