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Mental Health Needs of Law Enforcement: Being Proactive in a Reactive Career


How Do You Help Police Officers Address Trauma?

Officer mental health is an often overlooked component of safety and wellness.  Good mental health is just as essential as good physical health for law enforcement to be effective in keeping our country and our communities safe from crime and violence.  

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), between 7 to 19 percent of police officers have symptoms of PTSD and 1 in 4 police officers have thoughts of suicide at some point in their life.

Understand the unique needs of your law enforcement clients.


Mental Health Needs of Law Enforcement:

Being Proactive in a Reactive Career

with Brian M. Simmons, MA, LPC, CH, CFTP, CCTS-S
CE Hours Awarded: 6
Monday, September 14, 2020

Not available on the training day?  No Problem!

Due to high demand we will have a replay available for paid registrations.

Replay Dates:
9/18/20 from 9:00-5:00 MST
9/19/20 from 10:00-6:00 MST


During this course we will look into the mentally, emotionally, and physically demanding world of a law enforcement officer that rarely gets examined in a solution-based way. We will explore a career choice that requires β€œProtecting and Serving” others before self, and what impact that has on the individual and the family system. This training will examine the significant and unique ways that law enforcement officers experience their career and how stress impacts them. Participants will learn how repeated exposure to extreme and continuous job-related stress and personal stress can alter the neurophysiology of law enforcement officers over time. We will explore the idea of stress vs. trauma, and the perceptual & cognitive impacts of continuous exposure to human tragedy and extreme emotions, experienced by first responders. We will look at how the internal politics of law enforcement agencies, societal views, and the internal leadership structure of agencies can help fuel hypervigilance and create negative pressure on mind/body balance. This course will look at emotions, their biological roots, and their purpose for our survival and healthy existence. At the end of this course, participants will have a better understanding of themselves, their peers, and the public at large.  

After this training, you will have the tools to successfully intervene when officers confront mental health crises, mental illness, or suicidal behavior.




Arizona Trauma Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6677. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Trauma Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

CE Hours Awarded: 6

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