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Tue, May 14


Scottsbluff Fire and Police Building

Basic Peer Support Training - 3 Days

Register now for the course of Basic Peer Support Training. The 3-days of training will cover proactive peer support concepts and how to assist those following traumatic events. The training is FREE and provided by the Kyle's Day Foundation.

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Basic Peer Support Training - 3 Days
Basic Peer Support Training - 3 Days

Time & Location

May 14, 2024, 8:00 AM MDT – May 16, 2024, 4:00 PM MDT

Scottsbluff Fire and Police Building, 1801 Ave. B, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, USA

About the Event

Join instructor and Peer Support Foundation President Jeremy Sprague for a 3-day Basic Peer Support training.   This training is paid for by the Kyle's Day Foundation for first responders in the Scottsbluff NE Region.  

This comprehensive course delves into the fundamental aspects of first responder psychology, equipping participants with essential knowledge and skills to foster a supportive environment within their teams.  The curriculum encompasses an exploration of first responder wellness, stress reactions, critical incident responses, and proactive strategies for building resiliency. Participants will also learn the strategic planning process and gain insights into identifying and addressing suicidal ideation. Through a combination of theory and practical training, this course aims to empower individuals to contribute positively to the well-being of their peers.   

Training Objectives

1. Understanding First Responder Psychology:  • Explore the unique challenges and emotional well-being of first responders.  • Recognize common stress reactions and their impact on personal and professional lives.  • Identify coping mechanisms and build personal resilience for stronger support.  

2. Learn Basic Peer Support Helping Skills:  • Develop active listening skills that foster trust and create a safe space for sharing.  • Practice effective communication techniques to validate emotions and offer non-judgmental support.  • Learn various methods to actively engage and empower colleagues seeking support.  

3. Navigating Critical Moments:  ● Understand the psychological impact of critical incidents on first responders.  ● Learn about Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) vs PTSD Symptoms  ● Apply the principles of psychological first aid to provide immediate care and resources.  ● Discover strategies for self-care and stress management in the aftermath of such events.  

4. Creating the Resilient First Responder:  ● Implement proactive measures to enhance individual and team resilience within your department.  ● Learn how mindful leadership fosters a supportive and healthy work environment.  ● Utilize strategic planning tools to promote individual and collective well-being.  

5. Recognizing and Responding to Suicidal Ideation:  ● Gain knowledge about the specific risks and warning signs of suicide among first responders.  ● Develop skills for safely intervening and guiding individuals toward professional help.  ● Understand your role as a peer support member in supporting individuals at risk.  

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:  ● Provide effective peer support to colleagues experiencing a range of challenges.  ● Contribute to a more resilient and supportive first responder community.  ● Implement strategies for personal well-being and self-care within their professional lives.

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