Course detail: Building Resilience: Surviving Secondary Trauma

Course Description:

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. Often the toll of the mental, physical and emotional burdens can have long reaching and life changing effects in the workplace and at home. Through lecture, demonstration and hands on exercises students will explore strategies that can have positive benefits at work and at home. 

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.
Course Objectives:
  • Explain secondary trauma and examine its role in first responder stress, emotional fatigue, health issues and suicide.
  • Identify and interpret how stress and emotional trauma affect the mind and body.
  • Define hyper-vigilance and apprise its effect on the first responder.
  • Examine and formulate strategies to create mind body connection and build resilience.
  • Identify the need and create strategies for self-care.

Instructional Methods:
  • Instructor presentation 
  • Instructor led group discussion
  • Self-assessment group exercise
  • Group exercise
  • Instructor led self-planning exercise 

Who Should Attend:
  • All First Responders and those who support them!!
Course Requirements:
  • 100% attendance and participation
Fitness Requirements and Expectation of Physical Risk:
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 Information: LE23275F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 04/24/23 and ending on 04/24/23
Times: 08:00am-05:00pm CDT


This training is part of the KLETC Wellness Week at the Johnson County Regional Police Academy.
Participants are responsible for their meals, lodging, and travel. Please dress in layers, as the temperature in the room may be difficult to adjust. The session begins at 8:00 AM and is estimated to end at 5:00 PM. On-site registration will begin at 7:30 AM. We look forward to seeing you in Overland Park!


Name Additional Resources
Darren Ivey

Facility Detail

Johnson County Regional Police Academy
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210