Strengthening First Responder Resilience and Wellness During Social Unrest and Stressful Times
Law enforcement professionals serve on the front lines of humanity’s worst-case events, and nearly 70 percent of officers report that stressful work experiences have caused ongoing emotional issues, leading to a wide range of consequences including sleep difficulties, relationship problems, and thoughts of suicide. In 2019, law enforcement officers had a 475 percent greater chance of dying by suicide than by gunfire from another person.
This webinar covers the current state of law enforcement trauma, wellness, and resilience, with an emphasis on proactive, preventative and strategic approaches to first responder wellness. Topics include stress and trauma, suicide risk, confidential access to support resources, quality and availability of resources, law enforcement therapist vetting, peer support training, the role of COVID-19, social unrest, and other high-impact events, generational factors, and future directions for law enforcement wellness.
Dr. David Black is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Psychologist of Cordico, serving hundreds of public safety agencies nationally. He is a Board Member of the National Sheriffs’ Association Psychological Services Group, serves as the Chair of Technology and Social Media, is an Advisory Board Member for the National Police Foundation’s Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, serves on the IACP Police Psychological Services Ethics Committee, served on IACP committees tasked with updating Officer-Involved Shooting and Fitness-for-Duty standards, serves on the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Officer Wellness Committee, served on the California Police Chiefs’ Association Human Behind the Badge Initiative, and is an Officer Wellness subject matter expert for the California Commission on POST. Dr. Black has been serving law enforcement since 2002.