The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) and Northern Illinois University have teamed up to develop a program to assist law enforcement leaders and rank-and-file officers in expanding their knowledge of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it effects police officers. This program is offered at no cost to those attending.
First responders are routinely exposed to critical incidents involving exposure to injury or death in others as well as the risk of injury or death to themselves. Research shows, and those in the profession intuitively know, that individual incidents and accumulated exposure can adversely affect the mental and physical health of those involved.
The program will include:
Learning the symptoms of PTSD
Conditions that often present with PTSD, such as depression and substance abuse.
Identifying ways to bolster resistance.
Suicide and conditions such as PTSD.
Methods for dealing with PTSD without the help of a mental health professional.
Effective treatments with the help of a mental health professional.
NIU has received a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority for a demonstration project. This allows NIU and IPPFA to sponsor two, two-day seminars on PTSD awareness and dealing with this condition. The seminars will be conducted by a qualified mental health care professional with the assistance of experienced sworn personnel with substantial careers in emergency response and investigations.
Certification through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board.
If your department will be unable to provide travel and accommodations for you to attend this training, please contact Dr. Michelle Lilly @ firstname.lastname@example.org. The grant supporting this training may be able to assist.