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Post Critical Incident Seminar (PCIS) – Command Staff
October 3, 2022 - October 5, 2022
This FREE training seminar is designed to assist First Responder Administrators (rank of Lieutenant or above) that have been involved in on-duty critical incidents, suffer from cumulative career stress, or have been exposed to traumatic life events unrelated to their law enforcement career, and has had their life adversely affected as a result. This is an Administrator Peer-based program, where peer-to-peer assistance will be accompanied by clinical staff, to assist the attendees in finding healthy ways to cope with stress and manage PTSD. All Peers will be active or retired members that have obtained the rank of Lieutenant or above. The PCIS has been used successfully in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, as well as many other localities, to help our law enforcement and first responder communities understand and cope with the events that have adversely affected their lives.
Patterned on a format that has been used by the FBI for over 25 years, the PCIS will provide education on trauma, patterns of resolution, and field-tested coping strategies that promote recovery and resilience. Peer support is an important element of the PCIS. Discussion of incidents with fellow officers who have “been there” promotes normalization and recovery.
This training will be conducted October 3-5, 2022, in Saratoga County.
What is a Critical Incident?
A Critical Incident is any event that results in an overwhelming sense of vulnerability and/or loss of control. A critical incident may be a line of duty shooting, getting shot or seriously injured on the job, a high-speed pursuit that ends in tragedy, an event that brings prolonged and/or critical media attention, a personal tragedy, and a host of other events.
What are the benefits of attending?
The seminar is an opportunity to:
• Improve Agency/Department response to Officers involved in critical incidents and include best practices for post-critical incident follow-up
• Share one’s experience with peers
• Give and receive support
• Share in sessions with law enforcement/first responder-related mental health professionals utilizing proven trauma recovery methods
• Learn coping strategies that will enable recovery from past critical incidents and strengthen one’s ability to deal with future incidents.
Who should attend?
LEO’s/First Responders/Emergency Communications Administrators who have obtained the rank of lieutenant or above, who have experienced a critical incident and that are still experiencing some type of daily impairment or lesser quality of life-related to the traumatic exposure they experienced. The incident could have been recent or more distant, but if some level of diminished functioning still exists in your daily/home/family life, this seminar can be of great benefit to you (and your family).
This seminar has a maximum class size of 30 participants. Applicants should be those individuals who are seeking to learn new/additional coping skills, further their knowledge of PTSD and its effects, and are willing to be active participants in the large/small group and individual seminar exercises.
**Please note, registration does not guarantee attendance**
Spouses/significant others are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend with their LEO/First Responder family member.
This Seminar will include approximately 30 participants plus peer-team members. Peer-team consists of trained law enforcement officers, and mental health professionals.
Please note: Registrants must include a personal email address and phone number on their application. Generic agency contact info is not sufficient.
If you have any questions regarding the training, please contact NYLEAP President Jim Banish by email at email@example.com or by phone at 518-625-1899, ext. 101.