Critical Incidents

Train the Trainer:  "Public Safety De-escalation Training for Military Veterans in Crisis"

Military veterans experience a unique set of circumstances upon reintegrating into society post deployment.  Veterans can suffer physical and psychological aftereffects from traumatic experiences that can culminate  in injury to themselves, their families and public safety/law enforcement personnel.  “Public Safety De-escalation Tactics for Military Veterans in Crisis” training was developed to provide public safety personnel (i.e. law enforcement, fire, EMS and 911 dispatchers) with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to defuse crisis situations that can arise when veterans reintegrate into their communities.  

This two-day course expands the “Public Safety De-escalation Tactics for Military Veterans in Crisis” initiative and adds a train-the-trainer component.  Agencies who send trainers will bring the course back to their own organizations for ongoing delivery.     

On Training Day 1 – Designated Agency Trainers, along with general public safety personnel, attend the original 8 hour, “Public Safety De-escalation Tactics for Military Veterans in Crisis” course.  The training delivered on Day 1 will serve the dual purpose of training attendees on the PSDTMVC curriculum while providing an opportunity for Agency Trainers to become familiar with the course content and observe delivery by experienced instructors in an actual classroom setting.  (Agency Trainers must attend Day 1 as a prerequisite for Day 2.)

On Training Day 2 – Agency Trainers return to attend the “PSDTMVC Train-the-Trainer” 8 hour course.   This training will include:

· goals and learning objectives of the curriculum

· instructional skills and adult based learning techniques

· methodologies to ensure highest level of delivery and student achievement

· opportunities to perform an instructional “teach-back” session

· resources for veterans to cope with challenges of reintegration.

Each Agency Trainer will receive an instructional package that includes  reproducible materials and resources (lesson plans, Instructor Manual, Participant Guide, PowerPoint slides, videos, and materials to facilitate  activities and class break-out sessions).  Ongoing technical assistance will be provided to Agency Trainers as they deliver the course throughout their organizations.

Contact Bill Micklus, Associate Director at or 651-287-7443 if you would like more information about this training.

This project was originally supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2013-CK-WX-K014 awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Po­licing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.