Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement

The Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement course provides a dynamic system perspective that examines an individual law enforcement officer with the psychological and emotional pressures of the "Blue Culture." This interactive program will be an in-depth exploration of what is behind the "Blue wall of Silence." This course's emphasis will provide insight and understanding as to the stresses and pressures inherent in law enforcement. Participants will learn crisis intervention techniques needed to support law enforcement officers and organizations.

This training has been designed for law enforcement officers and their families, CISM team members serving law enforcement agencies, EAP, Human Resources and mental health professionals who interact with the law enforcement community. At the end of this course, participants will be able to: understand the history of law enforcement, the organizational structure and role of police in society; and conceptualize functional dysfunctional survival skills in a system and how it fits into a law enforcement organization. (14 contact hours).

Completion of the Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement class and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (14 contact hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF's Certificate of Specialized Training Program.

Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement

Day 1

  • History of law enforcement
  • Organizational structure of law enforcement departments
  • Roles of police and corrections in society
  • Understanding the Blue Culture
  • Functional dysfunctionalism–a system perspective of law enforcement survival
    • Individual dysfunctionalism
    • Family dysfunctionalism
    • Departmental dysfunctionalism
    • Community dysfunctionalism

Day 2

  • Stress in law enforcement
    • Internal and external
    • Cumulative career stress
    • CIS–individuals and groups
    • Departmental stress
    • Family stress
  • Suicide in law enforcement–the taboo topic
  • Line of duty death–special needs and considerations
  • Police shootings and CISM applications
  • Addictions in law enforcement–confronting addiction topics
  • Breaking the Blue Wall of Silence–applications of CISM

Call SCLEAP office for time, location and cost. Local law enforcement agencies are invited to use SCLEAP staff and host a training event.


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