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. Beyond the ordinary police officers mental health training course, 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.
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.
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
REQUIRED LEARNING ACTIVITIES
“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
Greg Lombardo is a captain with the San Jose Police Department and currently oversees the Academy and Training Unit. As an officer and sergeant, he was assigned to Patrol, Field Training, Gang Investigations Unit, Sexual Assault Investigations, Megan’s Law Detail, Child Exploits Team and was the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commander. As a Lieutenant he was assigned to Patrol, the Gang Investigations Unit, the Assaults Unit and the undercover Burglary Prevention Unit. Greg has been in law enforcement since 1992 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership.
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