This self-paced training on Working with First Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know is presented by Dr. Jaime Brower, Rhonda Kelley, and Michael Pitrusu.
Our emergency responders make up an ever-growing group of law enforcement, firefighters, dispatch, emergency medical professionals, corrections/detentions, victim advocates, and others. This group is faced with unique challenges on a daily basis that impact both their own and their family’s mental health. This course will provide core knowledge for all mental health clinicians who have interest in, or who may be already, working with our emergency responders.
This course will promote cultural competence, will provide knowledge regarding the ethical and legal concepts associated with working these populations, will define core proficiencies and terminology, as well as enhance an overall understanding of how each clinician working with this population can do so effectively and competently.
This course is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
About Dr. Jaime Brower
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, military, and other high stress occupations, as well as ensuring the health and wellbeing 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.
About Rhonda Kelly
Rhonda draws on personal experience in her focus on mental health support for people in team-based work in extreme environments. She was a firefighter/paramedic for 17 years in Aurora, CO. She served for five years as the department’s Health and Safety Officer, working to implement culture change that would prioritize overall wellness and destigmatize mental health support. It was in that role that she co-founded the state-wide Responder Strong project and eventually joined NMHIC. Previously, Rhonda was a technician supporting various international projects aboard oceanographic research vessels. She then transitioned to the U.S. Antarctic Program as a crew member aboard icebreakers. Rhonda has degrees in nursing and physics, with advanced studies in physical oceanography and clinical mental health counseling.
About Mike Pitrusu
Mike Pitrusu is a sergeant with a major city agency of 746 sworn officers that provides comprehensive police services to a diverse city of 374,000 residents. He’s currently serves as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Police where he supervises the department’s Employee Support and Wellness Unit (ESWU). During his 19 year law enforcement career, Sergeant Pitrusu has been assigned to the Patrol Division as a Patrol and Community Resource Officer; and the Special Operations Bureau as a Special Weapons and Tactics Team Leader, Sniper and Sergeant. However, his current assignment within the Employee Support and Wellness Unit has been the most rewarding of his distinguished career.
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course materials, quizzes, and evaluation. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 10 CE hours for completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing the evaluation.
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