Counseling Police Officers & First Responders

Monday, Nov 18, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

Training Description

In this course the participants will acquire an understanding of the mindset of First Responders and be better prepared to help First Responders clinically.  This course is designed to propose effective recommendations to treat a First Responder/employee through one or more modalities who may be suffering from a DSM-5 diagnosis or may be suicidal.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to provide 5 truths that officers believe about the public they serve.

  • Participants will be able to provide 5 Positive/Negative Characteristics of police officers.

  • Participants will be able to explain the Adaptive Recovery Model when a First Responder experiences a traumatic experience.

  • Participants will be able to explain the “Normal Range of Potential Risk” dealing with psychological survival skills for First Responders.

  • Participants will be able provide 5 contributing factors that can lead to a First Responder wanting to commit suicide.

CE Credits

Credits listed below are for full attendance of the live training.  Attendees will sign in upon arrival and after lunch.  At the end of the training, attendees will be given an evaluation to complete.  After completing the evaluation attendees will receive a certificate of completion for the training.

Arizona Trauma Institute does not issue partial certificates of completion.

NOTE: Credits do not include time for breaks or lunch.

Arizona Trauma Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6677.  CE Hours Awarded: 6 

Training Presenter: Thomas Gussie

Tom Gussie began his police career with the Mesa Police Department November 1978 and retired January 2015.  Tom has worked in various assignments within the agency until his final appointment to the Mesa Public Training Academy in 1998.

While assigned to training, Tom saw a specific need to train officers how to effectively respond to individuals in crisis.  Tom researched numerous programs for specialized training and became the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Coordinator for the Mesa Police Department in 2004.  Tom conducted four 40-hour training programs every year for Phoenix Valley police agencies how to effectively handle individuals in crisis.

Tom travels throughout the State of Arizona teaching mental health classes to law enforcement, behavioral health organizations and mental health providers making recommendations how these entities can effectively interact with each other to provide crisis services.  Tom completed his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) degree in January of 2013 with an 18-month internship at the Phoenix Veterans Hospital specializing in Trauma.  At the Veterans Hospital, Tom worked in the Suicide Prevention Clinic and in the Jade/Opal Clinic.

Tom sits on the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training board (AZPOST) as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in areas of Mental Health, Suicide, Police Officer Suicide, Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Crisis Intervention, and Excited Delirium.

Since his retirement from law enforcement, Tom is currently employed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) specializing in Trauma.  Tom treats individuals with PTS, trauma related issues and other mental health conditions.  Tom remains on the Mesa Police Department’s S.W.A.T. Team as a Hostage Negotiator utilizing his counseling skills dealing with crisis calls.

Tom owns and operates “Tactical Brain Training” specializing in conducting agency specific training to police department’s needs or concerns.  Tom responds to officers in crisis, critical incidents, counsels First Responders and/or attends to any other presenting law enforcement need.

Tom is a board member, has training, or specializes in the following areas:

  • Past Board Member of the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition

  • Past Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Coordinator for the City of Mesa Police Department and recognized as an expert for the State of AZ.

  • Attended the “Oklahoma Traumatology Institute” training conducted in Phoenix, AZ.

  • Hostage Negotiator – Attended the FBI Negotiator School in Phoenix, AZ and Hostage Negotiator training with the Public Agency Training Council.

  • Master Instructor for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Training (ASIST).

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Arizona Police Officers Standards and Training (AZPOST) in Mental Health, Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Suicide, Police Officer Suicide, Excited Delirium, and individuals in a Crisis State.

  • Cognitive Process Therapy (CPT) for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for other Mental Health issues.

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified.

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Event Location

Arizona Trauma Institute , 49 South Sycamore Street, Suite 2
Mesa, AZ, 85202

Event Fees

$ 75.00