This training and facilitator’s manual drew heavily from the Building Solutions Toolkit and also from materials provided by San Diego County’s Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT). TLFA and the County of San Diego were determined to build on the concept of their previous successful effort by tailoring the material specifically for First Responders. With the understanding that the impact of violence and trauma can be reduced by those First Responders, who respond with a trauma informed care approach. TLFA established a core team to design, develop, and deliver the training and facilitator’s manual, “First Responders Training Behavioral Health 101: A Trauma Informed Approach”. Sponsored by the County of San Diego HHSA Behavioral Health Services through Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) funds.
The successive version of the “First Responders Training Behavioral Health 101: A Trauma Informed Approach” was developed as “Training for Military First Responders Behavioral Health 101: A Trauma Informed Approach”. This second version of the training is based on the first and specifically addresses the unique situation and role of military First Responders. A step by step guide for those who train Military First Responders to raise awareness and understanding about the signs and symptoms of individuals experiencing behavioral health challenges, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This innovative facilitator’s manual also equips facilitators to help Military First Responders gain new tools and build resources to respond with a trauma informed approach. The Military First Responders training includes sections on Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The video trailers, vignettes and activities are tailored to veterans.