Mental Health for Trauma and Resiliency

Serving the public, caring for ourselves and our teams.

FAU’s International Center for Emergency Management Education, in partnership with the International Collaboration on Trauma and Resilience, offers a program in Trauma and Resilience, specifically tailored to the needs and professional development of our first responder community.

Training is a six-week online course, beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. Every week is a new module with expert instruction and each cohort is limited to 25 registrants. If your course is full, please select the next training session that best suits your needs.

Six Modules, One Theme: Resilience Through Training in T&R

No matter the emergency, disaster, or health crisis, when there is loss of life, property and safety, when one’s future is no longer secure, this trauma takes a significant toll on mental health and stability. This results in less resilience for individuals and communities.

When first responders serve the public, during emergencies, crises, disasters or incidents of trauma and violence, they too face all of these stressors, for themselves and in service to others. In fact, first responders are exposed to stressors and trauma daily and weekly, compounding its effects.

Mental health for trauma and resilience training is gaining national attention. The knowledge and strength gained from this training will improve the lives, jobs and teams in first response.

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Program Details

Format: Monday for online classroom, virtual for the week
Dates: Beginning June 1, repeats after the six week program is complete.
Time: 7 – 9 PM for Modules 1, 2, and 4; 12 – 2 PM for Modules 3, 5 and 6
Hours: 39 Hours - PDUs / 3.9 CEUs
Sessions: 6
Location: online, 25 students per cohort
Fee: $600 - includes certificates of completion, Mental Health Dispatch Badge, academic materials; all follow up surveys.
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MODULE ONE, PART I:  Dynamics of Trauma and Resilience
MODULE ONE, PART II: The Neurobiology of Trauma and Resilience, The Holistic Approach  
MODULE TWO:  Psychological First Aid and Trauma
MODULE THREE: Pre-Crisis, During Crisis, and Post Crisis Training
MODULE FOUR:  Spiritual Resiliency
MODULE FIVE: Humor First Aid - Innovative approaches to emotional care & coping 
MODULE SIX: You Are Never Alone – Formation of Band of Brothers/Band of Sisters

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Program Benefits

Participants will learn about the dynamics and neurobiology of trauma, PTSD and other stress-related disorders. A deep dive into early life stress and long-term consequences offers context and holistic understanding of how stress and trauma affects cognition, emotion, and social behaviors. Students will learn actual treatment techniques to deliver Psychological First Aid and earn dispatch badges to administer mental health triage. Intense resiliency training will offer pre, during and post crisis mitigation techniques to manage stress and be a leader, using psychological combat training and other means to recognize and overcome signs of stress and effects of trauma. The role of faith is explored within the context of self and team healing, as well as methods to offer spiritual care to others. The worst-case scenarios, including suicide ideation, self-harm and other destructive behaviors will be studied, along with training to form support groups, called “Band of Brothers/Sisters”, so teams are formed and individuals are never alone.

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Ideal Candidate

This training is ideally suited for public safety, law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals in emergency medicine. We seek individuals and teams in fire/rescue, public health, police, chaplaincy and those who are involved in crisis and disasters, including Red Cross and other institutions helping the public and their teams to become resilient.

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Books and Materials

Each module has specific links to articles, videos and texts, some recommended for additional learning. The online education provides everything needed to successfully complete the program. Since we are committed to the ongoing success of this program, we will reach out to every student 30, 60, 90 and 120 days following completion of the program to survey for efficacy and provision of additional assistance as needed.


Dr. Sherrie Raz, PsyD., CEO and President, International Center for Trauma and Resilience

Danny Brom, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Director of Metiv, The Israel Psychotrauma Center, Israel

Denise (Denny) Cecil-Van Den Heuvel, Ph.D., LMHC, LMFT, LPC, NCC

Nimrod Eisenberg, Therapy Clown, Tel Aviv hospital, "The Dream Doctors Project", graduate of L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in clowning, and Hebrew University in Medical Clowning.

Lieut. Chanan Smith, CEO, Magen Tactical Defense, Israel Defense Forces, Israel Security Agency (Shin-Bet) and US Secret Service 

Chaplain Jim Weist, Masters, Divinity, Director of Chaplaincy, PBSO

Contact Us

Rebekah Dickinson
Chief Program Officer, ICEME
phone: (561) 297-4680

Paige Garrido
Assistant Director, Corporate Training and Talent Development
phone: (561) 297-4819

Below is some of what our students have said about our training:

This training was truly an amazing and life changing experience and confirmed what I inherently knew regarding the universal shift towards holistic means to restore wellness. 
I can't thank you enough for this training!   I especially enjoyed the Dream Doctors.  I find the work that they do so meaningful and it has really opened my eyes as to new ways to add humor to my sessions. I never really thought I would volunteer for Disaster Relief until now.  Thank you for all the love you spread around the world.
I loved attending the training and left inspired to do more in my profession. 
This is exactly what I need to manage my own exposure to trauma in the field, day after day. I will be able to help myself and my team perform better and feel better. We need this for everyone in law enforcement!

Trauma First Responders 

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