Designing Mental Health Training Curricula for Police Culture (In-Person) | June 17, 2020


Designing Mental Health Training Curricula for Police Culture (In-Person) | June 17, 2020

$300.00 $250.00

Dr. Christopher Weaver & Sgt. Vanessa Payne

June 17, 2020

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus

7 Hours | 7 CEs

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Program Description

This live training on Designing Mental Health Training Curricula for Police Culture  is presented by Dr. Christopher Weaver & Sgt. Vanessa Payne.

In this workshop, participants will first explore stereotypes and evidence regarding police as a cultural group, including a review of relevant laws and sample policies that govern police behavior.  Participants will then work in small groups through guided exercises to draft a mock training curriculum for a challenging and divisive topic, customized to the interaction of police culture with their own.

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 stereotypical versus evidence-supported elements of police culture
  • Describe core tenets of police work that any training curriculum needs to honor
  • Describe state police-perspective rationale supporting behaviors seen publicly as problematic
  • Describe talking points to combat negative assumptions about yourself that police may hold
  • Describe common points of failure for mental health professionals who train police
  • Describe police-perspective talking points to teach a mental health-focused learning objective

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this workshop includes mental health and allied professionals that intend to design mental health training curricula for police trainings. This workshop is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced clinicians.

Workshop Outline

This workshop provides:

  • A comparison of stereotypical versus evidence-supported elements of police culture
  • A state police-perspective rationale supporting behaviors seen publicly as problematic
  • Talking points to combat negative assumptions about yourself that police may hold

About the Presenters

Sgt. Vanessa Payne (Ret.) has spent 29 years with the San Jose Police Dept. There, she served numerous roles, including patrol officer, Sexual Assaults Investigations Detective, and on the Internal Affairs and School Liaison Units. She also worked on the Threat Management and Domestic Violence teams of the Family Violence Unit. For the past 8 years, Sgt. Payne has headed the Crisis Management Unit tasked with coordinating and conducting SJPD’s extensive CIT training program. There, Sgt. Payne worked to curate the CIT curriculum and to mentor and optimize the impact of health and mental health professionals’ trainings on police officer trainees.

Christopher M. Weaver, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist, and Director of the Forensic Psychology Emphasis at Palo Alto University. He is the lead author of Law & Mental Health – A case-based approach, and is published on police officer training among other topics. He is a co-author of the Police Officer PTSD Toolkit of the National Center for PTSD, with whom he is also collaborating to adapt PTSD support apps for police. Dr. Weaver has co-authored other in-person and video-based police curricula focusing on the topics of PTSD and Implicit Race Bias. He is Principal Investigator evaluating a national VA Police train-the-trainer initiative, and an AP-LS-funded study to develop a suicide risk assessment smartphone app for use by police officers.

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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