Striving for 25: Developing Resilience for your Career

 

Presentation Description: Being a resilient person allows us to adapt better to the stressors and the trauma that we encounter in our field. Using an interactive discussion format, the participants will learn a variety of coping mechanisms that are grounded in positive psychology to better deal with not only critical incidents but also the day to day stress of our job.

 

Presentation Objectives:

1.       Develop an understanding of the concept of resilience and its integral role in the life of the provider.

2.       Provide an analysis of the research and its applicability to the training of the provider.

3.       Furnish a toolkit of resilience building skills for the provider to implement.

 

Time: Scalable 45-120 minutes

 

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topic: Culture of Safety

 

 

 

Psychological Mayday: Knowing when to call for help

 

Presentation Description: We are 911. We are always ready to assist anyone in need. But what happens when we find ourselves in the midst of a behavioral health crisis? Who can we talk to? What resources are available to us? Does our culture allow us to discuss it or do we find ourselves in fear of saying HELP ME! Join me for an interactive discussion on how we can help our own.

 

Presentation Objectives:

1.       Addressing the behavioral health issues that our first responders face

2.       Highlighting the issues of culture, access and barriers to responder assistance and responder suicide.

3.       Provide an overview of available resources to our response community in dealing with a responder behavioral health crisis.

 

Time: Scalable 45-120 Minutes

 

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topic: Culture of Safety

 

 

Fostering High Performing Provider Mindsets

 

Presentation Description: No one likes to feel as though they are “spinning their wheels” in an organization, but how do we best utilize our manpower? What if there was an easy way to identify the key areas of their personality so that you can maximize their potential and retention? Join me for an interactive discussion to find out how to do just that and more.

 

Presentation Objectives:

1.       Define character strengths and the measures by which we can determine our top picks

2.       Classify the character strengths and their correlation with emergency services job functions

3.       Develop a plan to implement those employee character strengths to better your organization

 

Time: Scalable 45-120 Minutes

 

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topic: Crew Resource Management

 

Box Alarms for Behavioral Health

Presentation Description:  Through a highly interactive skills based program, utilizing the familiar concept of alarm assignments, participants will be taught a series of skills to address and mitigate potential behavioral health issues. These skills will be taught from an individual level (to further develop the participant) Task Group/Company (to address issues from a team perspective), Organizational (the management of issues from a department level) and a Macro/Regulatory level (to address issues such as funding of behavioral health programs). Once complete, the participants will have a global understanding of the concepts and specific applications that can be utilized upon returning to their home departments.

 

Presentation Objectives: 

1.       Participants shall be able to identify and implement resilience building techniques

2.       Participants shall be able to identify the signs and symptoms of a variety of behavioral health issues

3.       Participants shall be able locate and contact available resources for the management and mitigation of a suspected behavioral health issue

4.       Participants shall understand the concept of a Behavioral Health officer within a department

5.       Participants shall understand how Employee Assistance Programs and Behavioral Health Assistance Programs function and the      advantages/disadvantages of each

6.       Participants shall acquire knowledge about how funding is provided for behavioral health programs.

7.       Participants shall be able to identify the appropriate “alarm assignment” for given examples of suspected behavioral health issues.

 

Time: 4-5 Hours

 

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topic: Culture of Safety

 

 

From Buddy to Boss: Setting Effective Boundaries

 

Presentation Description: When making the transition from buddy to boss, we bring along our past relationships, both good and bad. One of the major difficulties in this transition is trying to find that line of how close is too close? In this program, we will discuss boundaries for leaders, how to set effective boundaries and the equal treatment of all those we supervise.

 

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand how to set effective boundaries

  2. Participants will learn what makes boundaries for leaders different than general boundaries

  3. Participants will understand why effective boundaries are important to supervision

 

Time: 60-120 Minutes (Scalable)

 

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topics: Crew Resource Management

 

Coping Skills: What we all need to know

 

Presentation Description: Providers are exposed to traumatic incidents regularly and without positive coping skills will suffer the lingering effects of the trauma. Join me for a discussion on different types of coping skills and some take-home activities to foster a better career.

 

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand why coping skills are vital to career and personal survival

  2. Participants shall demonstrate the use of coping skills in their personal lives

  3. Participants will be furnished with take-home techniques to enhance their classroom learning.

 

Time: 60-120 Minutes (Scalable)

 

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topic: Culture of Safety Skills

 

Initial Success or Total Failure: How are we training our students?

 

Presentation Description: While the phrase, Initial Success or Total failure served as the unofficial motto of the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) school at Eglin AFB, it can also be used to describe how we train our students in Emergency Services. Are we training our students to fail? Are we providing them with an education that they can relate to while adequately and truthfully preparing them for their future careers? With all of the discussion about generational differences, as educators, we must adapt our teaching styles in order to meet the needs of our future students. We must get away from the “check the box” mentality of training and engage in student focused, values based education.

 

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the fundamental differences in student generations as it relates to their training and education

  2. Participants will discuss multiple options for student centered learning

  3. Participants will engage in instructional design for the new generation

 

Time: 60-120 Minutes (Scalable)

 

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topic: Culture of Safety Skills

 

 

 

Active Killer: Preparation, Response and Recovery

Presentation Description: Nothing in this world can adequately prepare you for an active killer response. The victims, the devastation, and the impact on your own health. Join me for this interactive discussion to address the history of active killers, the complex psychological needs of the responders both during and post-incident as well as how we can engage in community risk reduction and train the public to not be victims.

Presentation Objectives:

1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the commonalities and psychological/sociological backgrounds of active killers.

2. Participants will develop an understanding of the complex psychological needs of their coworkers post-incident     

3. Participants will learn techniques to engage in effective community risk reduction and training programs     

Time: 90 minutes

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topic: Culture of Safety

 

Handling Difficult Conversations

Presentation Description: Many times throughout our careers we will be forced to have difficult conversations. These conversations include, but are not limited to, death notifications, termination of employment, addressing coworkers with mental health related concerns, and handling family members. Sadly, our education does not focus on these tasks so we are left without a strong foundation to address these concerns. Using an interactive format, the participants will roleplay these difficult conversations and learn best practices for managing these situations.

Presentation Objectives:

1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the types of difficult conversations common to our field

2. Participants will develop an understanding of the complex psychological nature of these conversations and how to properly handle the different types of incidents.

3. Participants will roleplay techniques to engage in effective handling of difficult conversations

Time: 90 minutes

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topic: Culture of Safety

 

Sleep? I don’t need sleep!

Presentation Description: Our profession is rooted in a shiftwork concept which seems quite appealing when we consider the time off to conduct our day to day lives, food shopping, etc. Sleep plays a fundamental role in our lives in more ways than we imagine. From mental health to cancer, from a community health prospective to research findings, we will dive deep into this relationship that we have with sleep and learn constructive means of addressing our health and wellness. 

Presentation Objectives:

1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the current sleep research and its importance

2. Participants will develop an understanding of the linkage between sleep and a variety of other medical issues

3. Participants will learn methods to increase restful sleep, and decrease those sleep stealers.

Time: 90 minutes

NCCP Broad: Operations

NCCP Sub Topic: Culture of Safety