Post Critical Incident Seminar (PCIS)

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Topics Covered:

  • Share experiences with fellow officers who have been involved in traumatic incidents
  • Give and receive support
  • Understand trauma recovery methods by working with law enforcement-related mental health professionals
  • Learn coping strategies to recovery from past trauma and build resiliency for future incidents
  • Utilize the Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing Technique to help resolve recurring trauma

Who Should Attend:

  • Law enforcement officers and telecommunicators who have been adversely affected by highly traumatic events
  • Spouses are encouraged to attend with the participant

Course Hours:

Participants receive 24 hours of TCOLE credit.

Program Links:

[ Program Page ]

Date/Time:

Feb 26 - 28, 2018

Course Cost:

Offered at no charge for all eligible Texas Law Enforcement Officers and Tele-Communicators related to critical incident

Location Information:

Bill Blackwood
Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
Criminal Justice Center
Sam Houston State University
1600 Bobby K. Marks Blvd.
Huntsville, Texas 77341-2417
Phone: 800-477-9248
Fax: 936-294-3926

Hotel Information: *

University Hotel - SHSU
1610 Bobby K. Marks Drive
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-291-2151
www.shsuhotel.org

* Unless otherwise noted, hotel arrangements are the responsibility of the participant.


The Overall Goal of the Post Critical Incident Seminar: turning vulnerability into strength through learning, utilizing and offering peer support.

This is an experiential workshop for officers who have "been there". Despite the best support immediately following a critical incident, there can be long lasting effects. Going through a critical incident is like crossing a fence, with no opportunity to jump back. A critical incident can rupture an officer's basic worldview. You are vulnerable and have to emotionally come to grips with a reality that the uninitiated cannot understand. The job, the street, and one's weapon are perceived differently. The PCIS will provide education on trauma, patterns of resolution, and field-tested coping strategies to promote recovery and resilience. Peer support is an important element of the PCIS. Discussion of incidents with fellow officers who have "been there" promotes normalization and recovery. This format has been in use by the FBI since 1985.

Offered only to officers and tele-communicators who have been through highly traumatic events, the PCIS can mean the difference between staying on the job or leaving law enforcement for another profession due to the unresolved and unexamined effects of critical incident stress.

What is a Critical Incident? A Critical Incident is any event that results in an overwhelming sense of vulnerability and/or loss of control. These include line of duty shootings, getting shot or seriously hurt on the job, high speed pursuits that end in tragedy, events that bring prolonged and critical media attention, personal tragedies and the like.

What will I get out of this? An opportunity to share one's experience with one's peers, give and receive support, sessions with law enforcement related mental health professionals utilizing proven trauma recovery methods, and learn coping strategies that will enable recovery from past critical incidents and strengthen one's ability to deal with future incidents.

There is no registration fee for the seminar. Participating departments and agencies will cover the costs of meals and lodging.

Officers are encouraged to bring their spouse as they are also affected by the critical incident.

Please use separate registration forms for you and your spouse.

The PCIS is NOT intended to be an initial debriefing immediately following an incident. 3-6 months after an incident is the earliest that officers should consider attending the seminar.

THIS IS NOT CISM TRAINING

[ View a PCIS Video ]


For more information, contact:

James Senegal, Director of Professional Development
Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Building
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2417
Fax: (936) 294-3926
Phone: (936) 294-3193
Phone: 800-477-9248
jks032@shsu.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Please inform the Program Coordinator prior to the date of the program if you will not be attending.