Work related stress has been associated with mental health problems and the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appears to be much higher in emergency services than the general public. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from adversity and the development of the skills needed to manage stress in an optimal way. As Dr. Kevin Gilmartin (2014) explains, “Psychologically resilient officers can balance the need to enforce society’s laws with the citizen’s right to live in a free democratic society. There is probably no more important challenge for a law enforcement professional than to be able to balance practicing officer safety with respect and appreciation of a citizen’s liberty.”
The goal of a resiliency program (class and manual) is to understand, assess, plan and apply resiliency practices that manage stress in a manner that fosters personal and professional development. Specific focus is on research-based resiliency methods, assessment, and the physical, psychological and social systems of resiliency.
SC4i has partnered with One Tree Learning Institute to provide Resiliency Training to cover these FIVE main concepts:
SC4i works with departments to tailor course length and content to meet resiliency training needs.
Here are resilience practices that have emerged from a University of Arizona and Southern Arizona VA Health Care System program to reintegrate military veterans into an academic setting through resilience-based education. These practices are also consistent with recommendations of the World Health Organization for suicide prevention.
created by Phil Callahan PhD and
Mike Grill, MS, EMT-P, EFO