Mental Health for Trauma & 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-session online course. It is offered as corporate group training or on an "as needed" basis. If you are interested, please contact Paige Garrido at to put yourself on a waitlist. 

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.

Program Details

Format: Class sessions are delivered online live, plus virtual homework and discussions during the week

Dates: To be determined

Hours: 18 Hours - PDUs / 1.8 CEUs

Sessions: 6

Location: Live online class instruction

Fee: $600 - includes certificates of completion, Field Traumatologist Badge, and academic materials


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 

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.


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.


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. 



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

Maureen K. Hahn, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Science and FAU Brain Institute, Managing Director, FAU Neurobehavior Core, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University

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 Team for former VP Biden, NFL/NBA teams, actors, and more.

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

Contact Us

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