Course Overview

Course Length: 3 Hours
Certification is valid for: 24 Months
Continuing Education Credits: 3


Responders’ whole health can be influenced by the demands of their jobs. Important issues such as sleep deprivation, tendencies to self-medicate, acts of self-isolating, trauma bonding, and existential crises affect not only the responder, but ultimately can impact the communities they serve. Responders are used to functioning at less-than-optimal levels but often need help from clinicians to recognize the dangers. This course examines the common issues seen in responders to help prepare clinicians to recognize them and create actionable and effective change. This can be taken as a single course, or as part of the Emergency Responder and Public Safety Certified Clinician program.

Looking for the ERPSCC Bundle?

The bundle includes all 14 Emergency Responder and Public Safety Clinician Certification (ERPSCC) courses.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the unique health challenges facing emergency responders

  • Discover the physiological impacts of shift work and sleep deprivation often experienced by responders.

  • Discuss tips and tools to share with responders who have sleep difficulties

  • Discover the importance of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health systems and how they affect the overall health of responder and public safety populations

What to expect:

  • High quality video instruction from our course presenters

  • A downloadable PDF overview document for the course

  • A state-of-the-art learning environment with easy course navigation and the ability to access your courses on any device

  • Instant certificate delivery upon successful course completion

  • Quick access to course support and feedback from your student dashboard

Meet Your Instructors:

Jaime Brower, Psy.D., ABPP

Dr. Jaime Brower has devoted herself to serving emergency responders and their loved ones for more than 20 years. The breadth of her professional experience includes work with law enforcement, fire, corrections/detentions, EMS, dispatch, victim advocates, military, probation/parole, and other associated professionals. Dr. Brower supports more than 150 agencies nationally at local, state, and federal levels by offering public safety related services, including counseling services, peer support team development, training and oversight, critical incident response, psychological testing and evaluations, both organizational and operational consultation, and threat and risk assessment. Dr. Brower is American Board Certified in Police & Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) and currently serves on the ABPPSP Board, as its Academy President.

Rhonda Kelly

Rhonda served as an EMT in the Antarctic, as well as a career and volunteer EMT in Colorado. She spent 17 years as a firefighter/paramedic and worked part time as an ER and Psych ER nurse. During the last few years of her career as a firefighter, she accepted the role of Health & Safety Officer, building out a behavioral health program for the agency. In 2016, she founded ResponderStrong (an initiative to improve mental health support for responders and their families) and continues to serve as its Executive Director. As a master trainer, she works with the Center for Relationship Education to conduct relationship and communication skills training specific to responder families. Currently, she also serves as the National Director of Health, Wellness, and Resilience for Global Medical Response, the largest EMS organization in the world.

Emily Hitchings

Now the Director of Agency Partnerships and Programming at NERPSC, Emily was a police officer for nearly 17 years. As the employee support officer, she led their peer support team and managed wellness programs for her department. Emily is recognized state-wide for her work and has been pivotal in helping build wellness programs for departments of all sizes across the country. Emily is a certified financial master coach and a responder curriculum instructor for the Center for Relationship Education (CRE). This curriculum teaches responders effective communication skills that can benefit their personal and professional relationships. She is also currently working on a MA in counseling, to assist emergency responders through therapy, crisis response, and trauma treatment.

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