Officer Wellness Training
Decades of experience working in public safety and as a health educator enable Sergeant Brian Casey to speak in simple and relatable terms about the most pressing mental and emotional issues police officers and other public safety personnel encounter.
In his wellness training and motivational speaking engagements, he provides both individuals and agencies the necessary skills and insights for purposeful and deliberate action.
Officer Wellness Training and Presentation Options
Below are topics that may be of interest to individual officers, supervisors or those who command an agency. Presentations can be tailored to the needs of the agency both in content and timeline. Typically, workshops range in length from as little as 1-4 hours or long as 1-2 days. Interested agencies may request any combination of topics listed below.
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3 Columns of Officer Distress (1-4 hours)
Law enforcement agencies sometimes fail to appropriately respond to the mental and emotional distress that officers suffer, not because they do not care, but because behavioral health issues can be difficult and confusing. This presentation, intended for supervisors, command staff, and human resources personnel, helps agencies organize their thinking about officer distress so they may better respond, plan for and in some cases prevent problems. Topics covered include: critical incidents and traumatic events, general mental and emotional distress, and behavioral health crisis. Each topic is defined with examples and steps to take to best manage them.
Alcohol Misuse and Police Culture (1-4 hours)
Alcohol is a simple drug that we can have a complicated relationship with. The presentation covers three main areas: police culture, the science of addiction, and what I have called drinking stories. The last is most impactful if someone from within the agency comes forward to tell their story of addiction and recovery. An additional training topic is Effective and Informed Supervision when Dealing with Alcohol Problems (1 hour).
Cop Think (1-3 hours)
Being a good cop requires necessary adaptations that can both help and harm the officer. The changes described include: trusting less and controlling more; being on guard for sudden violence; police cynicism, skepticism, and suspicion; and separation from society. This presentation focuses on ways to think and act differently to manage the sources of distress, and includes the recognition that there are many advantages of being a police officer.
Live Well by Attending to Your Inner and Outer Life (1-2 hours)
There are powers and influences in the world that will pull us along, and if we do not pay attention, we can end up somewhere we did not want or intend to be. Giving attention to an inner life is a way to direct your life. A healthy inner life is interdependent with a healthy outer life. If we want the good life, a happy life, we are compelled to get our hearts right about our friends, loved ones and community.
Officer in Crisis (1-3 hours)
This presentation covers some of the most difficult and frightening situations, when officers suffer one or more of the following: severe depression and mental health hospitalization; suicide intention or attempt; substance use disorders requiring detoxification or treatment facility admission. Included are some approaches to take to effectively prepare for and respond to these events.
Peer Support (1-4 hours, 1-day, 2-day)
Peer support is the force multiplier whether it is a team of one or twenty. Provided are basic guidelines and important general principles on how to build and maintain a peer support program. Presentation topics include: understanding behavioral health issues and how to organize thinking about officer distress; what peer support is and is not; psychological trauma and treatment; listening skills; alcohol misuse and addiction; officer suicide prevention; and stress management. This presentation is useful to agencies wishing to start a team, maintain an active or fledgling peer team, or those without a team, but who wish to find better ways to support coworkers.
Psychological Trauma: Critical Incidents, Traumatic Events, and PTSD (1-4 hours)
This presentation explores psychological trauma and processes that agencies and individuals can use to minimize the harm of potential psychological trauma. Topics covered include situational self-awareness, scene supervision and use of monitoring officers, as well as aids in recovery and therapeutic help to include EMDR when appropriate. Additionally, participants are provided a guide that peers can use to reach out to co-workers following potentially traumatic events. The guide includes critical messaging and specific steps to aid conversations.
Purpose-centered Policing (1-4 hours)
Officers perform best and enjoy their work more when they have clarity about their purpose and function. In this workshop, participates explore the why of what they do and put the why into words by creating their own personal mission statement.
Stress, Mood and Thought (Resiliency) (1-2 hours)
In this presentation officers learn to manage their thinking, practice emotional competence, and view stress differently. The value of struggle and change, restorative sleep, mindfulness, rest and recovery are highlighted.