Peer Support -Part 1
During this class, Hosted by North Carolina Peer Support and the Florida Firefighter's Health and Safety Collaborative, students learn the components of peer support. Key concepts of the class include active listening and action planning for those in crisis. Students will learn how to serve as a bridge between members who are suffering and the many mental health resources available.
While this class provides all of the content available in a face to face peer support training, it lacks the ability to actively supervise individual performance in the role play scenarios and therefore is not a substitute for a face to face peer support training program.
Peer Support seeks to contribute and provide ongoing emotional wellness resources that are readily needed in Public Safety. This class will give you a better sense of what peer support is all about, and will better equip you to recognize when a fellow member is in need of a listening ear.
This peer support training introduces the practice and techniques of psychological first aid, as provided to first responders by first responders. It includes a first round of psychological education on responding to first responders behavioral health needs. The training supports the National Fallen Firefighters' Foundation's Everyone Goes Home project, as well as the 13th Life Safety Initiative: Emergency Responders and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support services.
Our members are guided by the following principle:
“Until we can receive with an open heart, we're never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.” –Brene Brown
Topics covered are:
- Active listening
- Treatment Considerations
- Action Planning
- Potentially Traumatic Events