Dates: May – June 2012 Attendance: 310+, waitlist
The First Responders Training was 20 separate trainings held onsite at first responder training centers. TLFA identified interested First Responders and reached out to them to schedule and facilitate the trainings. Attendees included lifeguards, firefighters, medics, park rangers, higher education law enforcement departments and Military First Responders; all are often overlooked when it comes to mental health training. TLFA developed the curriculum with input collected via focus groups and informal interviews with cross-disciplinary First Responders and representatives from the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) Academy to ensure that the information was consistent with and would complement their trainings. The training was then adapted into two different trainings, one targeted at general First Responders and the second tailored to Military First Responders (Military Fire and Police departments).
The topics of interest that were identified included defining mental illness and trauma informed care and to provide strategies on integrating a trauma informed approach into their responses. The first hour of the training, Mental Health: 101, was meant to inform Responders on how to identify mental illness and recognize individuals experiencing behavioral health issues, or symptoms and strategies to incorporate into their work. The second hour of the training focused on trauma informed care and giving participants strategies and tools to integrate a trauma informed approach into their on-call responses. Trainings were also co-facilitated by mental health professionals and included resources such as a pocket resource card and packet of resources for attendees.
Publications: Evaluation Summary Report · General First Responders Training Behavioral Health 101: A Trauma Informed Approach · Military First Responders Training Behavioral Health 101: A Trauma Informed Approach
“Honestly, I was under the impression this class would be way over my head
and not relative to our ‘real world’ as firefighters and paramedics.
It was extremely informative and realistic.”
–First Responders Training Attendee