First Responders Final Project

First Responders are likely to experience a singular or series of traumatic events throughout the duration of their career. Traumatic events can directly or indirectly affect individuals in different ways and in varying degrees that may have a lasting negative impact on one’s mental health.

In this ten-week capstone course, you will be integrating personal knowledge and experiences and applying them to course learnings. Upon completion of this course, you will have created a project proposal that will serve as a strategic framework towards advancing the mental health agenda for the First Responder Community, and that addresses the particular needs of an organization.

In this course, you will be introduced to several key publicly and privately funded initiatives that serve to heighten the level of awareness and education associated with advancing the agenda of First Responders and mental health. We will examine these concepts and elements through initiatives in academia and government, relevant legislation, not for profit organizations, corporate stewardship programs, media, and online resources.

You will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the previous courses of this program by synthesizing and self-reflecting upon the knowledge you have gained. You will engage in a variety of experiential learning activities framed as case studies, scenarios, and a final project in order to apply the skills acquired against the backcloth of what you have learned throughout the entire program—integrating personal knowledge and/or experiences.



Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
10 weeks
Tuition: $650
Can be applied to:
First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
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Start DateTue, Sep 10, 2024
  • Tue, Sep 10 (self-paced all week)
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Start DateTue, May 6, 2025
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What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the broader spectrum of initiatives aimed at advancing mental health for first responders
  • Identify the core pillars—awareness, education and prevention—that provide a foundation and framework for addressing mental health
  • Evaluate the challenges and opportunities of a number of proactive initiatives (such as Bill C211, or other initiatives by governmental or first responder agencies)
  • Integrate experiential knowledge with an appropriate initiative to determine which one aligns to your organizational needs
  • Formulate and present critical commentary relevant to the advancement of mental health and the first responder community

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend 6–8 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Participation in online discussions

To apply this course towards the program certificate, you must achieve a minimum grade of C.

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.