Wellness and Emotional Resilience

for First Responders and Families

Promoting stress management, wellness, and resilience among first responders and their families, turning abstract concepts into daily practices.

Expert Instructor
Training Hours
Tuition Fee

Course Overview

First responders such as police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel face unique job-related pressures. Although protective gear and training are prioritized, occupational stress management often gets neglected.

The Force Science Wellness and Emotional Resilience course focuses on promoting first responders’ well-being by providing strategies for practical behavioral changes and emphasizing the importance of self-care. The program aims to minimize job-related physical and psychological issues by encouraging health-focused behaviors and turning wellness and resilience into essential lifestyle changes.

Furthermore, the program also includes first responder families, providing them with education about job-related stress and its impact on family dynamics, as well as tools to better support their loved ones. This not only fosters family resilience but also enhances overall emotional well-being for both responders and their families.

In essence, this program is a proactive initiative that weaves wellness and emotional resilience principles into daily practices, aiming to enrich the lives of our brave first responders and their families.

College Credits

POST Credits

This course is eligible for 16 hours of Continued Law Enforcement Education (CLEE) credits by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST).

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The IADLEST National Certification Program (NCP) establishes minimum standards for police continuing education vendors, ensuring training content meets these quality requirements.

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College Credit

Participants qualify for one undergraduate-level college credit through our formal academic alliance with Columbia Southern University.

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Columbia Southern University is a fully online institution, providing an array of programs that cover associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels across a diverse range of disciplines.

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Learning & Training Objectives

During this course, participants will delve into a wide range of theoretical and practical information on the following topics:

  • Wellness and emotional resilience definitions and their roles in first responder psychology.
  • The unique psychological characteristics of first responders and associated benefits and costs.
  • Barriers to first responder psychological health, such as defensiveness and stoicism.
  • Stressors impacting first responder physical health and psychology, including their short and long-term effects.
  • "Mind-body" interactions in response to first responder stressors.
  • The critical role of wellness, self-care, and peer support groups in psychological resilience.
  • The concept of psychological resilience as a proactive measure for critical incidents and stress.
  • The influence of faith on emotional resilience.
  • The importance of regular psychological health screenings.
  • Normal versus abnormal responses to critical incidents.
  • PTSD symptoms, impact, and effective treatments.
  • The effects of critical incidents on family members and best practices for intervention/support.
  • Best practices for long-term support following a critical incident.
No additional cost for a family member to attend.

Family Welcome

The Wellness and Emotional Resilience course is a specialized program created exclusively for first responders in our nation, along with their immediate family members. When a first responder enrolls in the course, one adult family member, who must be at least 18 years old, can attend the program free of charge. The primary objective of this initiative is to provide assistance and promote the overall well-being and emotional resilience of our committed first responders and their loved ones.

Course Structure

The course’s content will be delivered through a variety of interactive learning modules, including classroom lectures and group-based discussions. An experienced instructor will guide and facilitate the learners’ exploration and review of the following topics.

  • The First Responder Personality
  • Wellness and Emotional Resilience
  • First Responder Stressors
  • Physiological and Psychological Reactions
  • Building the Psychological Immune System
  • Psychoeducation
  • Physical Movement
  • Nutrition

  • Spirituality
  • Psychological Health Wellness Screening
  • Intervention
  • Psychological First Aid
  • PTSD and Psychological Treatment
  • Family Support
  • Long Term Support
  • Seeking Psychological Treatment Intervention

Tuition Fee

This course is currently only available for in-person attendance. An online version will be offered in the future.

In-Person Learning

Classroom-based Environment

  • 2 Days In-Class
  • 1 Expert Instructor
  • Course Presentation Slide Deck Provided
  • Q/A with Instructor
  • Group Discussions
  • Free Tuition for 1 Family Member (at least 18 years of age)

Course Requirements

In order to receive the certificate of completion for this course, participants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Conduct a comprehensive pre-course wellness assessment that emphasizes important areas of the course and identifies areas for improvement.
  • Take an active role in class discussions by actively participating and fostering engagement through the use of Socratic questioning.
  • Participate in “Four on the Floor” exercises designed to apply course concepts and reinforce learning through practical application.
  • Engage in student presentations within the classroom setting, where you will have the opportunity to deliver and share course material with your peers.
  • After completing the in-person course, fulfill the requirement of taking an online post-test to assess your comprehension and retention of the material.

Expert Instructors

The instructional team for the Wellness and Emotional Resilience course comprises highly qualified experts who have undergone extensive training in the research and materials covered in this course. Their expertise and knowledge ensure that learners receive the highest quality instruction and support throughout their learning journey.