Course detail: Relationship and Sleep Issues for First Responders and Spouses

This class is designed for First Responders and their spouses. 

First Responders need to register for the training, spouses will not need to register and may attend for no additional fee.

First Responders tend to work long non-traditional hours and encounter unique types of job stress that other traditional jobs do not. A healthy marriage can contribute to minimizing stress and distractions. Humans are created as spirit, soul and body. Emotional nurturing and understanding human bonding experiences are every bit as important and necessary as meeting physical needs.

In part 1 of this training, you will explore workplace factors that impact even the best of marriages such as post-traumatic stress injuries or other mental health conditions that can make building and nurturing interpersonal relationships difficult. You will be given an opportunity to complete self-inventories that can be helpful in resolving issues before they become large scale stressors.

Quality sleep - getting enough of it at the right times - is essential to first responders. It is as important to survival as food and water. Like our load-out gear that keeps us safe while on-duty, healthy sleep helps keep us aware and decisive. Without sleep you can't form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories and it becomes much harder to concentrate and respond quickly.

In part 2 of this training, you will develop your understanding of the important relationship between sleep and a number of brain functions including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. Research shows that a chronic lack of sleep or getting poor quality sleep increases the risk of disorders including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and obesity. Sleep is a complex, dynamic process that affects how you function.

Core Competencies:

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

 Part 1 


The participant will:
  • Identify workplace factors that impact relationships
  • Evaluate self-assessment inventories to develop a better understanding of attachment patterns
  • Improve emotional engagement through the development of new attachment cycle patterns

Part 2 


The participant will:
  • Analyze the relationship between sleep and brain function
  • Recognize the importance of sleep
  • Develop a sleep plan

Instructional Methods:

  • Lecture
  • Group discussion

Who Should Attend:
  • All public safety personnel and their spouses

Course Requirements:
  • 100% attendance and participation
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email KLETC or call 620.694.1400 at least three weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.

 Session Detail: LE23057F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 09/08/22 and ending on 09/08/22
Times: 08:00am - 04:00pm
Registration Fee (Participant and Spouse for no additional fee) : $50.00




Please dress in layers, as the temperature in the room may be difficult to adjust. The session begins at 8:00AM each day and is estimated to end at 4:00PM. Onsite registration will be available at 7:30 AM.KLETC Dormitory Information: For those with dorm room reservation, you may check in the evening before your training starts. Please come to the Main KLETC Entrance, it is near the flagpole and marked with a large "A". More information will be provided through email approximately one week before the start of training. Checkout time is 8 am on your departure day or last day of training, please have all personal items removed at that time. Law Enforcement officers attending continuing education training are permitted to carry their firearm while on the KLETC campus. Law enforcement officers carrying a firearm on the KLETC campus must possess appropriate agency identification. We are a tobacco and alcohol-free campus. Refund/Cancellation Policy: A full refund of lodging fees will be available if requested in writing or and received by KLETC ten days prior to the beginning date of the seminar. After that date, but prior to the seminar, refunds will be made, but a $25.00 administrative fee will be charged. No refunds will be made after the starting date of the seminar. If you have any questions concerning this session, please contact KLETC at 620.694.1400 or by email. Thank you again for your willingness to participate. We look forward to seeing you at KLETC!!


Name Additional Resources
Pat Hinkle

Facility Detail

KLETC Campus
Integrity Auditorium
11009 S. Hornet Road
Hutchinson, KS 67501
Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

Facility Resources
KLETC Building Directory (PDF Document)
CE and Guest KLETC Campus Rules and Regs (PDF Document)
Driving Directions - KLETC (PDF Document)

Integrity Auditorium

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 10 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.