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-week online course. Our fall cohort will begin Wednesday, September 2, 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.
Format: Class sessions are delivered live on Wednesdays, plus virtual homework and discussions during the week
Dates: Beginning September 2
- September 2, 7 – 9 PM
- September 9, 7 – 9 PM
- September 16, 7 – 9 PM
- September 23, 7 – 9 PM
- September 30, 12 – 2 PM
- October 7, 12 – 2 PM
Hours: 18 Hours - PDUs / 1.8 CEUs
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
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.
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,
Chaplain Jim Weist, Masters, Divinity, Director of Chaplaincy, PBSO
Asst. Director, Corporate Training and Talent Development
phone: (561) 297-4819