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Workshops For Responders
LEAP® responder training consists of two workshops completed over the course of one day. The program focuses on:
• Education about common serious mental illnesses encountered by first-responders. Experiential didactics that focus on symptoms (e.g., delusions, hallucinations) and their impact on a person’s ability to listen, understand, comply or cooperate.
• Training (through lecture and extensive role-plays) on:
o De-escalation through active listening and other techniques
o Connection—building bridges–using strategic empathy
o Lowering defensiveness and paranoia
o Quickly gaining trust and cooperation (compliance)
o Resolution of specific common scenarios
The LEAP® training program for first responders is frequently used as an adjunct/in-service to Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and in some departments and organizations, as a first step toward CIT training.
By deploying LEAP® expertise within departments and organizations an efficient continuing education program can be established so that new personnel can be given LEAP® training at orientation or at anytime. In addition, the department/organization has a “go to” person for instructional updates and consultations. This organizational format coupled with LEAP® online and contracted ongoing resources provides a solid basis for dealing, as responders, to mental health crisis situations.
Course evaluations and endorsements from first responders who completed LEAP training are available upon request. LEAP has been featured repeatedly at the crisis intervention team (“CIT”) International Training Program.
For further information on organizing workshops for law enforcement and other first responders, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.