Quinnipiac University will offer a free six-day seminar on mental health and resiliency training for emergency medical services personnel June 25-30.
The training, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with support from multiple hospital and EMS health systems, will be open to 100 front-line personnel, first-line supervisors and mental health trauma response teams to help them recognize and respond to significant events in EMS. Applications are available at quems.org/ems-resiliency-training.
The first two days of training are for front-line EMS agencies and personnel. The last four days are for EMS personnel who want to become peer support responders. All training will take place on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“QU is honored to host this important mental health training for EMS workers, which had been postponed previously because of COVID-19 restrictions,” said David Charron, director of summer programs at Quinnipiac. “It is long overdue given the significantly increased mental stressors brought on by the pandemic.”
The training will help participants learn eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and early intervention (EI) techniques, which are used in trauma treatment and to help contain traumatic memories after a treatment.
These skills are specifically designed to address the acute nature of critical incident stress and other stress-provoking situations by calming the nervous system through the same physiological principles rooted in mindfulness, breath work and concentration practices.