10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training program on Working with Emergency Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know is presented by Jaime Brower, PsyD, Rhonda Kelley, and Sgt. Michael Pitrusu.

Our emergency responders make up an ever-growing group of law enforcement, firefighters, dispatch, emergency medical professionals, corrections/detentions, victim advocates, and others. This group is faced with unique challenges on a daily basis that impact both their own and their family’s mental health. This course provides core knowledge for all mental health clinicians who have interest in, or who may be already, working with our emergency responders.

This course promotes cultural competence, provides knowledge regarding the ethical and legal concepts associated with working these populations, defines core proficiencies and terminology, as well as enhances an overall understanding of how each clinician working with this population can do so effectively and competently.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the unique challenges faced by emergency responders

  • Describe how emergency services can have impacts on both responders and their families

  • Describe emergency responder cultural milieu

  • Describe the various core proficiencies each clinician may work within, while understanding limitations of such work and when to refer

  • Describe several guidelines and resources for competent and proficient practice with emergency responders

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.

Rhonda Kelly

Rhonda Kelly draws on personal experience in her focus on mental health support for people in team-based work in extreme environments. She was a firefighter/paramedic for 17 years in Aurora, CO. She served for five years as the department’s Health and Safety Officer, working to implement culture change that would prioritize overall wellness and destigmatize mental health support. It was in that role that she co-founded the state-wide Responder Strong project and eventually joined NMHIC.

Sgt. Mike Pitrusu

Mike Pitrusu is a sergeant with a major city agency of 746 sworn officers that provides comprehensive police services to a diverse city of 374,000 residents. He currently serves as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Police where he supervises the department’s Employee Support and Wellness Unit (ESWU).
  • Intended Audience

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

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course 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

    Introduction & Roles

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Fitness-for-Duty

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Characteristics Developed

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Police Psychologist

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4


    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Officer-Involved Shooting

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5


    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Peer Support

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Clinical Aspects

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Preemployment

    • Reference List

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

Develop a Specialty Area of Practice

Transforming mental health professionals into experts

  • Expert Instructors

    Professional training developed and delivered by the field's leading experts

  • CE Credit

    Earn CE credit for meaningful professional training that will elevate your practice

  • Convenience & Flexibility

    Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!

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