ABPPSP: Critical Incident Response in Police and Public Safety Psychology

Presented By Jaime Brower, PsyD, ABPP | Nancy Bohl-Penrod, PhD
Jaime Brower, PsyD, ABPP Nancy Bohl-Penrod, PhD

7 hours | 7 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Critical Incident Response in Police and Public Safety Psychology is presented by Nancy K. Bohl-Penrod, PhD and Jaime Brower, PsyD, ABPP,  in partnership with the American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP).

Police and public safety responders, or “emergency responders,” as the name implies, are often faced with events involving serious threats or losses that may be outside the range of regular activity. The reactions to these events may elicit an intense emotional reaction, may require immense coping skills, and may be considered “traumatic.” Some of the events that may produce this type of response may include line-of-duty deaths or serious injuries, officer-involved shootings, calls involving child injury or death, and others where our responders felt helpless or unable to offer “enough” support. Moreover, those who experience post-incident emotions such as guilt and second-guessing, and fear of punishment/consequence may also experience significant distress, though not “traumatic” in nature, which can also cause considerable pain for the responder and their families. 

This program covers these topics and delves into immediate, short-and, long-term, and family reactions to these types of events. This program describes the various responses and interventions most utilized by police and public safety psychologists following critical incidents.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the various types of events that may be considered “critical.”

Describe general police and public safety experience during and following a critical event

Describe the primary points and recommendations in The Office Involved Shooting Guidelines, developed by The Police Psychological Services Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (PPSS/IACP)

Describe the various impacts that involvement in critical events may have on a responder’s family

Describe multiple post-critical incident interventions


Presented By

Jaime Brower, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Jaime Brower is a licensed clinical psychologist working out of Denver, Colorado. She is American Board Certified as a specialist in the area of Police & Public Safety Psychology. Dr. Brower has devoted her career to working with those in law enforcement, corrections, detentions, fire, milit...

Presented By

Nancy Bohl-Penrod, PhD

Nancy Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist and trainer who holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling/Education. She is the Director of The Counseling Team International (TCTI), which is also, The Southern California Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She is a ...


1. Introduction

2. Agency Prep & Response

3. Officer-Involved Shootings

4. Major Critical Incidents

5. Impact on Family

6. Family-Personal Wellness

7. IACP Guidelines

8. CISM Interventions

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Program Partner

American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP)

We are proud to partner with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) for this training. ABPPSP became a fully affiliated specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) on October 21, 2011. Police and Public Safety Psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health, and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consultation.

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