Strategic Trauma & Resiliency Tactics

What you'll learn

This highly interactive, peer-driven law enforcement course addresses stigma, police suicide and wellness.

Police officers are consistently exposed to the most tragic and traumatic events in our society. Left untreated, cumulative trauma can deplete coping strategies and stigma typically deters officers from seeking help. This has resulted in the highest rates of police suicide, whereby more officers die by their own hands than in the line of duty, consecutively over the last 4 years.

Course Purpose:

This highly interactive, peer-driven course provides law enforcement officers a fundamental understanding how the impacts of police stress effects the mind and body, tactics for coping with cumulative trauma, and strategies which promote holistic wellness approaches, mindfulness best practices, improved mental health outcomes and rebuilding resiliency into their personal and professional lives.

Learning Objectives:

Students who attend this course will learn how to identify post-traumatic stress symptoms, how to reduce those symptoms in a preventative measure and gain tools to navigate through the complexities of untreated trauma. Students will also have a better understanding of wellness strategies that will positively impact their professional and personal lives.

P.O.S.T. CCN# 1439-21764-22: “Science of Wellness”


  1. The impacts of trauma on the mind and body
    1. Mental Health 101
    2. Untreated trauma and decision making
    3. Signs and Triggers

  1. Police Culture and Stigma
    1. Concept of suffering in silence
    2. Peer solidarity & acceptance in police culture
    3. Stigma and suicide
  1. Critical incidents & cumulative trauma
    1. Potential Outcomes of Untreated Trauma
    2. Post-traumatic stress
    3. Substance abuse & addiction
    4. Adrenal fatigue, compassion fatigue


  1. Responses to Stress & Trauma
    1. Red flags, maladaptive coping vs. adaptive coping
    2. Secondary/transferred trauma and family
    3. High risk behavior
    4. Officer in Crisis


  1. Mindfulness and Responding to Fear
    1. Mindfulness and tactics
    2. Finding purpose and PTSI
    3. Event + response = outcome
    4. Stress Tolerance & Impulse Control while in trauma
    5. Loss, self-care and resilience
    6. Each student will create a new gratitude journal
    7. Each student will participate in a mindfulness exercise
    8. Each student will develop a new long-term, individualized self-care plan
    9. Each student will identify areas in their personal life they wish to improve
  1. Beginning Treatment
    1. Recognition
    2. The Ask for Help
    3. Help from Friends and Supervisors
    4. Peer Support
    5. EAP
    6. Fitness for duty and FMLA
    7. Issues regarding confidentiality


  1. Post-Traumatic Growth and Wellness Strategies
    1. Leadership and Teamwork
    2. Community, social structures, and healing
    3. Interpersonal communication with colleagues and family


  1. Closing, Q&A, Wrap-Up.


Nick is not a medical professional or an attorney and cannot provide legal or medical advice. A collection of Nick’s training, education and experience has provided him the insight needed to consult public safety agencies on building, improving or enhancing wellness programs, policies and/or procedures in an effort to maximize organizational effectiveness in the area of mental health. 

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