This 40-hour program is consistent with accepted industry standards and the guidelines for peer support as proffered by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. It is heavily influences by previous experience in peer support, crisis hotline training and related behavior sciences. The overall philosophy is that peer support comes from within the peer support ream member, from his or her own experiences, and from the recognition of one’s own feelings.
That is the starting point for understanding crisis, stress, suicide, bereavement, crisis communication skills, the model known as Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, boundaries, confidentiality, and other pertinent information to prepare the team member to intervene in a personal crisis as well as, critical incident.
Methods of training: lecture, discussion, personal introspection, sharing, and intense role-plays