Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

Health & Wellness

Courses & Events

This course will give first responders the information and tools to develop the capacity to recover from difficulties associated with responding to both common and extreme situations in their public service.


Monday, February 15, 2021, Wichita Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center (Wichita, KS)
Friday, August 13, 2021, KLETC Campus Learning Center Classroom Bldg (Hutchinson, KS)
Friday, October 22, 2021, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium (Pittsburg, KS)
On every shift, police officers experience boundless stressors that can range from the merest encounter to outright chaos. This cumulative exposure can affect officers' mental and physical health, contributing to problems such as post-traumatic stress injuries, substance misuse, depression, and suicidal ideation. We will discuss practices that will promote mental health and wellness awareness. We will also introduce a paradigm shift in addressing factors inherent with the law enforcement organizational and cultural norms that provides a new innovating way to implement suicide prevention within an agency.


Thursday, April 15, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Thursday, May 27, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Police officers experience frequent and ongoing stressors in their work. These stressors range from their constant risk of staying safe on the job, restricting and conflicting policies, public opinion, public perceptions, and even civil unrest. And, simultaneously be prepared and decisive in responding to and investigating critical incidents, intentional human acts that shock the conscious, preserve life and respond to mass disasters. While these stressors are duly accepted the very day they pinned on the badge, there are healthy alternatives to mitigate burnout, substance abuse, marital problems, anxiety, depression or even post-traumatic stress injuries.


Thursday, March 4, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Thursday, May 13, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Emotional intelligence and mindset training can help law enforcement mitigate the impact of stress and improve interpersonal communication within their personal and professional networks. It can strengthen your willpower, allow you to focus on your task at hand, and make better decisions under pressure. This course is designed for and been delivered to every level of law enforcement officer from patrol to command staff.


Monday, February 8, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
This exploratory, interactive course will educate current upcoming law enforcement executives on the latest information regarding alcohol/drug abuse, post-traumatic stress, stress/anxiety, depression, and suicide within the law enforcement community. With increased knowledge, police organizations will be able to create and improve current policies and programs that encourage officers in crisis to seek help so that they may remain productive and contributing members of their law enforcement organization.


Monday, March 1, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
This course will help First Responders develop good nutrition, physical health and general wellness through their development of their own fitness plan.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021, KLETC Campus Learning Center Classroom Bldg (Hutchinson, KS)
Monday, December 13, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
This course will introduce officers to methods which allow the officer to consistently monitor their state of mind, interpret their emotions and control their responses to the effects of stress and conflict. Through lecture, demonstration and hands on exercises the students will explore practices that have positive benefits in terms of resilience and overall wellness to both their on-duty performance and personal lives.


Thursday, May 20, 2021, KLETC Campus Integrity Auditorium (Hutchinson, KS)
Thursday, September 2, 2021, Hays KLETC Regional Training Site (Hays, KS)
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, William L. White Auditorium, upstairs (Little Theater) (Emporia, KS)
This course will help public safety personnel examine their personal financial situation, explore practices that allow them to reach their goals and create a solid foundation for resilience during economic hardship. Establishing healthy financial habits can help reduce stress, shield from ethical problems and reserve security clearances. Through lecture, hands-on exercises and self-assessment, participants will develop their awareness and knowledge in this critical aspect of personal and family wellness. This course spans two afternoon sessions. Both sessions are required to fulfill Fitness for Duty/Resilience certification.


Friday, June 4, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
This course will help public safety personnel examine their personal financial situation, explore practices that allow them to reach their goals and create a solid foundation for resilience during economic hardship. Establishing healthy financial habits can help reduce stress, shield from ethical problems and reserve security clearances. Through lecture, hands-on exercises and self-assessment, participants will develop their awareness and knowledge in this critical aspect of personal and family wellness.


Friday, June 11, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
This course will allow the attendees to explore their spiritual wellness and how spiritual practices can serve as a framework for strong relationships within the home drawing from multiple faiths with a primary draw from Christianity. As first responders draw their inspiration and motivation for selfless acts at work, so to, can these spiritual outlooks transfer to quality of life at home.


Thursday, March 18, 2021, Dodge City KLETC Regional Training Site (Dodge City, KS)
Thursday, April 22, 2021, KLETC Campus Learning Center Classroom Bldg (Hutchinson, KS)
Thursday, June 17, 2021, Hays KLETC Regional Training Site (Hays, KS)

Certificate Programs

As dedicated public servants, first responders are often the last to ask for help for themselves. The KLETC Certificate in Health and Wellness for Public Safety has been developed to address and support several aspects of public safety behavioral health. Graduates will be able to immediately apply the skill sets they learn to their profession, providing them with the opportunity in recognizing and addressing their own needs in order to be better equipped in performing their job duties safely.


This certificate program has been organized into a series of educational pillars to include:

  • Building Personal Resilience
  • Family Empowerment Through Spiritual Guidance
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques
  • Personal Financial Fitness
  • Comprehensive Physical Fitness and Nutritional Education


Learning Competency:

  • Participants will support their wellness and resilience with skills learned in the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional areas required of law enforcement officers.


What does a KLETC Certificate do for you?


Participating in KLETC Certificate Programs provide endless benefits for those individuals who desire to develop personal and professional growth in the area of public safety.
  • Gain a Competitive Advantage: Certifications can differentiate you from other professionals in your field, showing that you have a demonstrated commitment to understanding and excelling in the public safety profession.
  • Expand Knowledge and Skills: By acquiring new and updated industry information or techniques, you can hone current work habits that may be causing inefficiencies or quality issues with your output while increasing your competencies. This can help give you the skills and confidence to try something new such as establishing the groundwork to implement a more sophisticated working environment.
  • Refresh your Knowledge: Continuing education keeps you current. Even if you've got a lot of experience, certification training can raise your conceptual understanding to a higher level and reconfirm what you already practice. Certification, whether required or optional, will help you make sure you're at the top of traditional public safety standards. And the sooner you have that new knowledge, the faster you can apply it within your agency.
  • Build Connections: Not only are you improving your knowledge and your employment options by getting the certification itself, the connections where you train can be an ongoing source of networking, information, and career development.
  • Build Professional Credibility: Certification demonstrates your commitment to superior professionalism, upholding industry standards, and continued learning. These merits can help boost your professional credibility and prestige within your network, with your current organization, and when pursuing new opportunities in and outside of the public sector.


How do I obtain a KLETC Certificate?


Successful completion of this certificate program, requires participants to complete all mandatory classes listed below, and three elective courses offered. To compliment and balance your educational experience, a final capstone project is also required. Choose one of the following:
  • Candidate will compose a research paper with a PowerPoint presentation over your choice of topic inspired by the training specific to this certificate. The paper should be no less than four pages and must include an additional page on which citations are included. The PowerPoint presentation is meant to highlight the core concepts of your research paper and will be presented to the KLETC Professional Development Committee either in person at KLETC or remotely using Zoom or Skype. The research paper will need to be submitted prior to the PowerPoint presentation or with the PowerPoint presentation if you choose to present in person.
  • Candidate to develop a training course that is at least four hours in length, but no more than eight hours, on a topic specific to Health and Wellness. Prior to delivery, a formal course outline to be submitted to the KLETC Professional Development Committee and is to include participant learning competencies, lesson plan and course objectives. The candidate may choose the location of where the course will be conducted and KLETC will assist with all other logistics. In addition, the candidate must have successfully completed the KLETC Instructor Development Program or equivalent prior to presenting their training course.



Please contact Mary Ellen Kirkbride or Jenny Caywood to request an application or answer any questions.