7 Hours | 7 CEs

This on-demand professional training on Critical Incident Response in Police and Public Safety Psychology is presented by Nancy K. Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D. and Jaime Brower, Psy.D., ABPP,  in partnership with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology.

Police and public safety responders or “emergency responders,” as the name implies, are often faced with events that involve serious threats or losses and which may be outside the range of regular activity. The reactions to these events may elicit an intense emotional reaction, may require immense coping skills, and may be considered “traumatic.” Some of the events that may produce this type of response may include line-of-duty deaths or serious injuries, officer-involved shootings, calls involving child injury or death, and others where our responders felt helpless or unable to offer “enough” support. Moreover, those who experience post-incident emotions such as guilt and second-guessing, and fear of punishment/consequence, may also experience significant distress, though not “traumatic” in nature, which can also cause considerable pain for the responder and their families. 

This program covers these topics and delves into immediate, short-and long-term, and family reactions to these types of events. This program will also describe the various responses and interventions most utilized by police and public safety psychologists following critical incidents.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the various types of events that may be considered “critical.”

  • Describe general police and public safety experience during and following a critical event

  • Describe the primary points and recommendations in The Office Involved Shooting Guidelines, developed by The Police Psychological Services Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (PPSS/IACP)

  • Describe the various impacts that involvement in critical events may have on a responder’s family

  • Describe multiple post-critical incident interventions

Presented By

Jaime Brower, PsyD

Dr. Jaime Brower is a licensed clinical psychologist working out of Denver, Colorado. She is American Board Certified as a specialist in the area of Police & Public Safety Psychology. Dr. Brower has devoted her career to working with those in law enforcement, corrections, detentions, fire, military, and other high stress occupations, as well as ensuring the health and wellbeing of their family members. She further specializes in risk and threat assessment, school violence and hostile workplace investigations. Dr. Brower is particularly passionate about training and consulting with agencies regarding best practices for enhancing resiliency and wellness.

Nancy Bohl-Penrod, PhD

Nancy Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist and trainer, who holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling/Education. She is the Director of The Counseling Team International (TCTI), which is also, The Southern California Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She is a member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and a certified Master Trainer for the QPR Institute focusing on Suicide Prevention and Intervention for first responders. She is also a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), ICEMA for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Peace Officer and Standard in Training (POST) and Standards and Training for Corrections (STC). She is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Departments for Riverside and San Bernardino Valley Community Colleges. She has been a guest speaker for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academies and she was honored to present at the United Nations to their Security Police. She is one of the past Presidents of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Psychological Services Section,
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Agency Prep & Response

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Police Psychology - The TRIAD

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Officer Involved Shootings

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Officer Involved Shooting Guidelines

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Major Critical Incidents

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Law Enforcement Model

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Impact on Family

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Family-Personal Wellness

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    IACP Guidelines

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Employee Mental Health

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    CISM Interventions

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Significant Other Survival

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology

We are proud to partner with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) for this training. ABPPSP became a fully affiliated specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) on October 21, 2011. Police and Public Safety Psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health, and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consultation.

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