Medic-CE, a provider of accredited online continuing education for emergency medical services (EMS) and fire professionals, launched Resiliency training that teaches first responders how to work through the trauma they experience in the field. The company says first responders face challenging and often traumatic experiences on a near daily basis, and over time, these experiences often lead to an increased risk of mental and behavioral health issues.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), 30 percent of first responders develop behavioral health conditions including depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to just 20 percent among the general population. Several studies have also found that suicide rates for first responders are significantly higher than average.
“Our new Resiliency training will give first responders tangible skills and techniques they can use to really process and recover from the trauma they are seeing every day,” said Judson Smith, Medic-CE vice president.
Medic-CE’s new Resiliency training is the result of a collaborative effort by Medic-CE, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), and Dr. Phil Callahan. The course curriculum is focused on five key coping skills that first responders can use in their personal and professional lives to deal with the stressors they experience on a regular basis. The Resiliency training will be offered as part of Medic-CE’s self-paced (F3) continuing education training.
To learn more about Medic-CE, and to get started with Resiliency, go to https://www.medic-ce.com/.