(BASIC) – 40 Hours

The First Responder Resiliency and Peer Support Training Course is a practical course of instruction designed to prepare first responder peer supporters with the ability to conduct individual psychological debriefings, provide peer support, make appropriate professional intervention referrals for peers and their family members, as needed, and connect these approaches to the enhancement of human resiliency.  

This unique course provides the newly assigned peer supporter with an understanding of first responder stress, physiological aspects of stress, an overview of mental health issues, factors in first responder suicide, effective communication, and drug and alcohol use and abuse.  

Students will learn how to conduct individual psychological debriefings, as well as initiate and manage peer support programs. Special emphasis on the stress of law enforcement undercover operations, assignment to high-risk or specialized teams, exposure to first responder critical incidents, and the effects of a depressed economy will be addressed.  

A dynamic group study and presentation is required for successful completion of the course.


  • Introduction to Peer Support and Resiliency
  • Principles of First Responder Stress
  • Overview of Mental/Emotional Health as it relates to First Responder Stress
  • Physiological Aspects of First Responder Stress
  • Suicide Awareness
  • Effective Communication for Peer Support
  • Understanding Drug & Alcohol Abuse
  • Coping with Stress
  • Mental Illness & Health
  • Conducting Psychological Debriefings
  • Building Resilience
  • Peer Support Program Management
  • Peer Support for the Family 


16 Hours

This two-day First Responder Resiliency and Peer Support Training Course is a practical course of instruction designed to prepare law enforcement and other emergency service personnel with the ability to recognize and manage stress and connect this approach to the enhancement of human resiliency. 

This course is especially effective as an overview for supervisors within emergency services to better support subordinates and colleagues from a wellness perspective.

This course is an abbreviated version of the 40-hour course is most often customized to meet the specific needs of a host agency. Host agencies will work the program director to identify topic areas in order to make the most of limited training time.


  • Introduction to Resiliency and Peer Support
  • Principles of First Responder Stress
  • Overview of Mental and Emotional
  • Health Issues Related to First Responder Stress
  • Physiological Aspects of Stress
  • First Responder Suicide
  • Coping With Stress
  • Mental Illness/Health
  • Human Resiliency
  • Peer Support for the Family


Qualified and experienced speakers are available to provide 2- and 4- hour presentations at in-service training events and conferences throughout the United States. 


  • Principles of Police Stress
  • Peer Support for the Family
  • Physiological Aspects of Police Stress
  • Physiological Aspects of Combat Stress
  • Understanding Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Law Enforcement
  • Coping With Stress
  • Coping with Grief/Survivors Guilt
  • Police Suicide Awareness
  • Human Resiliency and Law Enforcement
  • Coping with Line of Duty Deaths
  • Negotiating with the Fellow Officer
  • Negotiating with the Returning Combat Veteran
  • Developing and Administering Protocol for Police Suicide and Line of Duty Deaths
  • Conducting Psychological Debriefings


For the purposes of grant applications and continuing education credit, CSM is happy to provide instructor qualifications, sole source justifications, past performance history, competitive bids and full lesson plans.  

CSM is registered as a vendor with the Federal Government.  
DUNS# 138565499
CAGE Code# 3KLD5



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