Course Details

Course TitleABPPSP: Wellness, Resiliency, and Suicide Prevention Practices in Police and Public Safety Psychology
Date Varies
ProviderCONCEPT Continuing & Professional Studies (Palo Alto University)
Credit Hours1.5
Instructor(s)Jay Nagdimon, PhD, ABPP and Michael J. Craw, PhD, ABPP
Method of InstructionOnline (Asynchronous/Self-paced)
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

NOTE: This 6-hour CE course is approved for 1.5 hours of POST CPE. This training program provides critical knowledge for developing wellness and resiliency programs within law enforcement organizations. Integrated and structured programs including in-house psychological services, peer support, chaplains and wellness coordinators will be described. By creating a wide array of wellness and resiliency programs, agencies can provide service across the career span from academy training through retirement. Beyond treating psychological problems, the future of branding of wellness programs in law enforcement includes, peak performance, support for injured officers including pain management, nutritional counseling, increasing social support through technology and social media, and leadership development. Resiliency programs that are initiated and driven by multiple ranks, both civilian and sworn and supported by professional consultation from Police Psychologists generate the most sustained change. How wellness and resiliency programs relate to suicide prevention and alcohol misuse prevention in law enforcement will be discussed. For those currently or aspiring to provide direct clinical services to police officers, the sub-specialty of suicide assessment in law enforcement clinical settings are described.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the integration and structure of in-house clinical services, peer support and chaplaincy
  • Describe the need for sworn/civilian driven resiliency programs supported by Police Psychologists
  • Describe the application of peak performance interventions in the academy as a model for other tactical and psychomotor-based tasks
  • Describe the issue of branding wellness and resiliency programs
  • Describe the complexity of suicide assessment in law enforcement clinical settings with a flexible and contextual interviewing strategy

  • Service for Wellness and Resiliency
  • Police Culture
  • Clinical Services
  • Specialized Services
  • Clinical and Field Work
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Psychologist Self Care
  • Contemporary Issues