IPPFA and NIU Have Joined Forces to Present a Special Program For First Responders

SAVING BLUE LIVES

The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) have teamed up to help active and retired police officers, fire/ems and 9-1-1 operators to expand their knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This program, “Saving Blue Lives through Training on PTSD, Suicide, Resilience and Peer Support,” is offered at no cost to those attending.

The no-cost NIU – IPPFA seminar includes:

Learning the symptoms of PTSD
Conditions that often arise with PTSD, such as depression and substance abuse
Identifying ways to bolster resistance
Suicide and conditions such as PTSD
Methods for dealing with PTSD without the help of a mental health professional
Effective treatments with the help of a mental health professional

NIU has received a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to underwrite this program. The seminars are conducted by a qualified mental healthcare professional, along with the assistance of experienced sworn personnel with substantial careers in emergency response.

Programs are scheduled as follows:

September 27/28 Joliet

November 15/16 Urbana

December 13/14 Rock Island

Note also that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board – Mobil Team Unit (MTU) in Urbana has approved this seminar and is offering credit for the course. MTU approval is pending for the sessions in Joliet and Rock Island and we will send out an update on that when available.

Interested parties may register by going directly to savingbluelives.org.

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