Critical Incident Response in Police and Public Safety Psychology (In-Person) | June 19, 2020


Critical Incident Response in Police and Public Safety Psychology (In-Person) | June 19, 2020

$300.00 $250.00

Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod and Dr. Jaime Brower

June 19, 2020

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus

7 Hours | 7 CEs

To attend virtually by ZOOM, click here to register.

SKU: 176288 Category:

Program Description

This live training on Critical Incident Response in Police and Public Safety Psychology is presented by Nancy K. Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D. and Jaime Brower, Psy.D., ABPP.

Our police and public safety responders or “emergency responders,” as the name implies, are often faced with events that involve serious threat or loss and which may be outside the range of normal activity. Their 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 elicit 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/or second guessing, and fear of punishment/consequence, may also experience significant distress, though not “traumatic” in nature, which can also cause significant distress for the responder and their families. This course will cover these topics and delve into immediate, short-and long-term, as well as family reactions to these types of events. We will also discuss the various responses and interventions most utilized by police and public safety psychologists following critical incidents.

If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. We are pleased to offer virtual attendance for all our workshops via ZOOM. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials.

If you would like to attend by Zoom, please click here to register.


Upon completion of this webinar, participants should 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

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this workshop includes all mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists interested in police and public safety. This workshop is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced clinicians.

Workshop Outline

This course will cover topics including:

  • Post-incident emotions such as guilt and/or second guessing, and fear of punishment/consequences
  • Immediate, short-and long-term, as well as family reactions to traumatic events
  • Responses and interventions utilized by police and public safety psychologists following critical incidents

About the Presenters

Dr. Jaime Brower is a licensed clinical psychologist working out of Denver, Colorado. She is board certified as a specialist in the area of Police & Public Safety Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Brower has devoted her career to working with those in law enforcement, corrections, detentions, fire, military, and other high stress occupations, as well as ensuring the health and well-being of their family members. She further specializes in risk and threat assessment, school violence and hostile workplace investigations. Dr. Brower is particularly passionate about training and consulting with agencies regarding best practices for enhancing resiliency and wellness.

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 member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and a certified Master Trainer for the QPR Institute focusing on Suicide Prevention and Intervention for first responders. She is also a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), ICEMA for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Peace Officer and Standard in Training (POST) and Standards and Training for Corrections (STC). She is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Departments for Riverside and San Bernardino Valley Community Colleges. She has been a guest speaker for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academies and she was honored to present at the United Nations to their Security Police. She is one of the past Presidents of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Psychological Services Section, as well as one of the founders of the Public Safety Peer Support Association (PSPSA).

Dr. Bohl-Penrod is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a technique she uses to help trauma survivors. She is known for her 5-day Basic Peer Support and Critical Incident Stress Management training that The Counseling Team International has taught to over 12,000 first responders throughout the United States and Canada. Nancy’s personal experience over the years has allowed her to develop a personal approach to helping first responder families by providing “Significant Other Survival” (SOS) training and the importance of Wellness and Behavioral Health.

Nancy has responded to more than 1,000 critical incidents in her career. Some of the major incidents she has responded to, are the ATF incident in Waco, Texas, the TWA Flight 800 disaster in Long Island, New York, the Typhoon disaster in Guam and the Alaska Air Disaster in Los Angeles. She led a team of Mental Health Professionals in assisting those severely impacted by the Terrorist Attacks in New York. While in New York she was sent by the FBI to the Pentagon to provide her services. Her team responded to the California Wildfires of 2003 and they assisted the U.S. Forest Service in the loss of Engine 57 firefighters in the Esperanza Fire of 2006. More recently her team’s services were used for the Big Bear Manhunt (Dorner Case), the Los Angeles International Airport TSA shooting, Seal Beach Beauty Salon shooting, assisted the U.S. Forest Service with the loss of three firefighters in Washington State. She also helped first responders with the San Bernardino Terrorist Attack at the Inland Regional Center, Las Vegas 91 Harvest Shooting, California Tubbs and Thomas wildfires and most recently the Santa Barbara County mudslides.

Over the past twenty-five years Nancy has developed over fifty public safety wellness divisions for departments of all sizes through her public safety “Behavioral Health and Wellness Services” program. Dr. Bohl-Penrod has written numerous articles and book chapters focusing on mental health issues for police and fire personnel. She recently worked with a team of mental health professionals who has created an APP to guide public safety peer supporters and supervisors in their endeavor to help each other. One of her greatest achievements was receiving the from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for her “Exceptional Service in the Public Interest” a certificate of appreciation.

The workshop begins promptly at 8:30am Pacific and will run until 4:30pm Pacific. We will be breaking for lunch from Noon – 1:00pm Pacific. In addition, we will take two, 15-min breaks at approximately 10:15am and 2:45pm Pacific.

Light refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch is on your own. There are several places to eat within walking distance of the workshop location. If you’d like to bring your lunch, you are welcome to use our fridge and microwave.

This workshop will be video recorded and a camera crew will be on site to capture photos and video footage of Summer Training Institute. In person attendees will be asked to sign a media release, allowing us to use any footage we capture in our development and promotional materials. If you are asked to conduct an interview on camera and do not wish to do so, please simply decline the invitation. If you do not wish to appear on camera at all (as in even in a panned shot of the workshop room), please let us know so we can seat you in a location where you will not be captured on video.

Continuing Education Credit

This is a Live In-Person Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will be required to complete the evaluation for this workshop. No partial credit is available. Participants will earn 7 CE hours for this workshop upon full attendance and completion of the workshop evaluation. Certificates will be sent electronically as PDFs available for download and printing.

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