Professionals in the Criminal Justice System have a front-row seat to the challenges and issues facing our society. This is acutely and painfully true in the case of mental illness.
As a criminal justice professional or first responder, you are regularly called to aid people who are experiencing the effects of mental illness. These calls can be challenging, disturbing, painful, and yet, incredibly rewarding when you are able to get the ill person the help they so desperately need.
While this course is not intended to make you a counselor or to diagnose people, there are key hallmarks and characteristics that, once you understand and can identify them, will help you to recognize those experiencing a mental health crisis and – perhaps more importantly – how to get them the help they need so they and those around them can be safe.
Building on many of your previous courses and training, this intensive course will provide ways that you can improve your communications skills – especially in the context of mental illness. The course will also help to expand your understanding about mental illnesses, drug use, as well as the intersection of drugs and mental illness.
Whether you are a law enforcement officer or first responder with thousands of calls under your belt, an animal control officer responding on scene, a victim advocate assisting a traumatized client, or even a probation officer with a probationer you are concerned about, this course is designed to empower you take the next steps in your understanding of how to help the people in your community stay just a little safer.