The Eastern New Mexico Behavioral Health Leadership Council has hosted a series of training opportunities for the region. The next course will focus on peer support for first responders. It is provided with grant funding obtained through the Administrative Offices of the Courts. There will be two offerings for the Peer Support for First Responders.  The flyer for the training is attached.

Feb. 26-29, 2024 – Peer Support for First Responders (32 hours) held at the Clovis Carver Library Ingram Room – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

March 25-28, 2024 — Peer Support for First Responders (32 hours) held at the Jake Lopez Community Center Cacahuate Room – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Peer Support Class Overview

The Peer Support Training for First Responders Classes are designed to be an interactive advanced four-day class (32 hours) focused on teaching public safety personnel the art of peer support. It is designed for folks in public safety who have a desire to support and be there for their peers in times of need and emotional struggle. During the course of the class, participants will gain crucial knowledge about communication skills and the techniques that are effective in supportively working with people to gain a mutually beneficial outcome. Participants will also learn to address people in crisis in a manner that reduces tension and the possibility for physical injury to anyone involved. 

The class instructors will be current law enforcement officers, police psychologists, mental health providers, and retired law enforcement officers with extensive expertise and experience in verbal de-escalation and crisis management. Dr. Troy Rodgers is a police psychologist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He has a master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical forensic psychology.  He has worked with law enforcement officers for over 20 years.  At the present time, Dr. Rodgers works as a consultant to over 400 local, state, and federal law enforcement, firefighter, ambulance, and corrections agencies. Dr. Rodgers is also certified as a Professional Lecturer and Master Instructor by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Training Academy.

Class sizes will be limited to 30 attendees, with priority given to first responders. Please register in advance if you would like to attend.  There is a hyperlink on the flyer to register or you can register by visiting Behavioral Health | Roosevelt County . All attendees will receive a training certificate, with the free CEUs provided to law enforcement, and detention/probation officers.  Registrations will be accepted until the class is full.

For more information, see the attached event flyer or contact the Roosevelt County Administrative Offices at 575.356.5307

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