The Resilient Minds program engages and informs first responders in three crucial areas relevant to their work: trauma, mental health problems and building resiliency.
Resilient Minds is based on a 4R Action Toolkit to build skills needed to assist colleagues, family, or members of the public who may be struggling with a mental health problem or be in a crisis.
Resilient Minds is a 12-hour program in its entirety, however, each learning modules can be delivered in 2.5 hours. A brief description and learning objectives for each of the four modules are outlined below.
Learning Module One
Psychological Trauma – Awareness and Understanding
Fire staff will learn the definition of trauma, the various responses a healthy human may experience after a traumatic event, followed by assessment and intervention practices to mitigate the negative impacts of trauma and mental illness.
• Build an understanding of psychological trauma and the impacts on personnel
• Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma
• Discuss Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, and Cumulative Stress
• Encourage early response to psychological trauma
• Promote recovery after trauma
Learning Module Two
Psychological Trauma – Potential Risks and Strategies
Psychological trauma is explored further – through the application of the 4R Action Toolkit, fire staff will learn the importance of early recognition and early intervention to prevent a moderate to severe mental health problem from developing.
• Provide an overview of assessment and intervention: The 4R Action Toolkit
• Understand the impacts of unresolved trauma
• Explore Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Discuss and review crisis intervention
Learning Module Three
Responding with Respect – Psychological Distress & Disorder
Fire staff will develop a basic understanding of mental illness and mental health, and will learn to apply the 4R Action Toolkit to effectively communicate and appropriately respond to a citizen, colleague, family member experiencing a mental health problem/crisis.
• Increase understanding and recognize signs of psychological distress & disorder
• Develop effective communication skills to respond and support individuals
• Discuss appropriate and safe responses to challenging/violent situations
• Gain an understanding of resources
Learning Module Four
Managing Workplace Stress and Building Resiliency
Fire staff will explore the risk factors and impact of workplace/life stress and will learn to strengthen their resiliency by building valuable and helpful coping strategies.
• Recognize negative impacts of work-life stress
• Discuss components of compassion fatigue
• Develop action toolkits to limit work-stress
• Build resilience and strengthen psychological health
The two delivery options are;
- Train-the-trainer private delivery
- Resilient Minds Workshop
Please contact Tara Sudbury for more information.