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  • Mental Wellness and Trauma Informed Care


The mental wellness of law enforcement personnel is impacted by the daily demands of serving the community.  Law enforcement personnel must interact with members of the community that may have experienced emotional trauma in their lifetime. Acute and chronic trauma exposure can cause a negative psychological and physiological impact on both LE personnel and the community.  This class is designed to help LE personnel learn to improve their mental wellness while providing Trauma Informed Care to the community. A trauma-informed system is one that builds awareness and knowledge of trauma to act compassionately toward trauma-impacted victims, recognize trauma within ourselves, and take informed steps toward our own wellness.

Course Outline

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide law enforcement personnel with the tools to recognize and manage their own mental wellness and to gain awareness of emotional trauma that impacts members of the community.

Course Outline

  • Recognize how working in law enforcement can impact their own mental wellness.
  • Define the physiological and emotional impact of stress.
  • Analyze how stress can impact their personal lives and families
  • Identify resources that are available to help improve their mental wellness.
  • Recognize how trauma can impact members of the community and be empathetic toward others.
  • Define Trauma Informed Care
  • Describe and analyze different types of emotional trauma.
  • Apply their knowledge of trauma to different types of situations commonly encountered by law enforcement.
  • Define and explain The Four R’s of Trauma Informed Care
  • Apply trauma informed care principles through empathy and understanding
  • “Perspectives”-Students will be shown a video that will depict interactions between law enforcement personnel and the public.  Students will work within their groups to understand and empathize with selected persons in the video.
  • “Case Studies”- Students will be shown a video of three officers who have experienced a critical incident that negatively impacted their mental wellness. Students will discuss the incidents, the assistance and counseling that each officer received and how it resulted in a positive outcome.
  • Coping Mechanisms- Students will discuss both negative and positive coping mechanisms to deal with trauma.
  • Cultural Competency & Trauma Informed Care- Students will analyze how race, ethnicity, sexual abuse, domestic violence and other issues can cause trauma
  • I will continue to use and pass on this information because I really believe in the instructors and their approach.

    —Kimberly Meyer, Washoe County Sheriff's Department
  • I highly recommend this training for any Probation staff who have the necessity to interview/interrogate individuals for investigation purposes.

    —R. Bret Fidler, Santa Clara County Probation Department
  • Your class gave me the confidence and tools to interview the suspect for over 5 hours and to bring a closure to the case.

    —Daniel Phelan, San Jose Police Department
  • The information that they have presented is highly relevant to my job, and was presented in a manner that was highly organized and very easy to digest.

    —Michael McGarvey, California State Prison, San Quentin
  • Your class has made the greatest and most direct impact on my assignment of any training class that I've taken.

    —Ken Gelskey, National City Police Department
  • You two are an effective teaching team, and your presentation of the material was consistently interesting, and intelligent without being too intellectualized.

    —Michele Keller, Deputy Probation Officer, County of Alameda
  • Your instructional style is engaging and your tag-team style is highly effective.

    —George Laing, Fire Prevention Captain, Investigator
  • Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to attend the Interview and Interrogation training presented by Paul Francois and Enrique Garcia.

    —Todd Almason, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office
  • ...Provides useful tools necessary for assessing the veracity of a suspected child abuser, which goes a long way in helping to protect children.

    —Sunny Burgan, MSSW, LCSW, Social Work Supervisor, Santa Clara County DFCS
  • This was, by far, one of the most useful classes I've attended since becoming an investigator.

    —Steven Aiello, Antioch Police Department