Part-time, online First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate

Learn effective techniques for resilience and self-healing

As a first responder, you deal with traumatic events repeatedly, on a scale unimaginable to those outside the emergency and military services. This specialized online program explores how trauma in the workplace impacts mental health, providing you with tools and techniques to better prepare and support yourself and others in the face of trauma.

The only certificate program of its kind in Canada, SFU’s First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate has been developed in partnership with the Tema Conter Memorial Trust. Established in 2001, Tema raises awareness about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide among the ranks of Canada’s public safety, correctional and military organizations.

Study with experienced professionals

The 10 online courses in this program are taught by active-duty or retired professionals in a variety of first-response fields. The courses are specifically designed for members of the emergency and military services, including:

  • Firefighters
  • Paramedics and EMTs
  • ER personnel
  • Police officers
  • Military officials
  • 911 and emergency communicators
  • Correctional workers
  • and more

Strengthen yourself—and your community

The skills and techniques you’ll learn in this program will better equip you for handling the inevitable stresses you encounter on the job. By the end of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of good mental health and describe factors that may enhance or hinder good mental health
  • Explore how trauma in the workplace impacts mental health
  • Explore mental health issues common to first responders
  • Describe and overcome the stigma associated with mental health issues
  • Describe the importance of families, friendships and other relationships to the mental health of first responders
  • Incorporate best practices in personal resilience and stress management that promote good mental health
  • Apply best practices that mitigate the impacts of trauma on first responders before, during and after an incident occurs