Course detail: Building Resilience: Surviving Secondary Trauma

Course Description:

We are resilient people. We are the ones others call whentheir world is falling apart. However, over the years, we are subjected totrauma and adversity on an almost daily basis and it can be mentally,emotionally, and physically damaging. We can continue to rely on our currentlevel of resilience or we can choose to actively develop it. In this session,we will learn about pre-traumatic growth and how to develop specific resourcesand tools that help make us more resilient. Then when in adversity, learn how to intentionally use those resources to help us cope. We will discuss post-traumatic growth and learn the steps that need to be taken so it can make ushealthier, wiser, and more resilient. Then finally, we will work through waysthat allow us to thrive through life! The goal is to help us all learn how toprepare for, cope with, and grow through adversity so we can live a greatstory!  

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.

Notice of Availability of the KLETC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report


The University of Kansas has determined that the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) main campus in Hutchinson and its regional sites in Dodge City, Hays, and Parsons are separate campuses. This determination was made in consultation with the Department of Education. The report is available online at:


The report contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; the procedures the institution will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred On-Campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Non-Campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the institution or a recognized student organization; and on Public Property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.


A paper copy of the report will be provided upon request. If you would like to receive a paper copy, you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 785-864-6414 or emailing or arrange for pick-up at a KLETC location.

 Session Information: LE24159F

(This session is full; you may join the waitlist)

Schedule: Every day, starting on 04/22/24 and ending on 04/22/24
Only 7 days left to register!
Times: 08:00am-05:00pm CDT


This training is part of the KLETC Wellness Week in Wichita. The training will be held at the Wichita Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center. Participants are responsible for their meals, lodging, and travel. Please dress in layers, as the temperature in the room may be challenging 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 a.m. We look forward to seeing you in Wichita!


Name Additional Resources
Brenda Dietzman

Facility Detail

Wichita Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center
4310 19th Street
Wichita, KS 67214