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, disaster and military services. The only certificate program of its kind in Canada, the SFU Continuing Studies First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate is a specialized online program that explores how trauma in the workplace impacts mental health, providing you with tools and strategies to better prepare and support yourself, your peers and organization in the face of trauma.

Study with experienced professionals

The 10 online courses in this program are taught by experienced active-duty or retired professionals in a variety of first-response fields. The courses are specifically designed for members of the first responder community including:

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

Strengthen yourself—and your community

The applied and practical skills you’ll learn in this program will better equip you for managing stress, crisis and PTSD. The program will also provide you with strategies towards advancing mental health in the first responder community.

By the end of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify mental health issues common to first responders
  • Explain the benefits of good mental health and identify factors that may enhance or hinder your mental health
  • Explore how trauma in the workplace impacts mental health and develop a resiliency toolkit to support yourself
  • Describe the importance of families, friendships and other relationships to the mental health of first responders
  • Describe and learn strategies to overcome stigma associated with mental health issues
  • Develop a peer support program within the guidelines of the Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Create an organizational action plan that reduces stigma and provides for a safe culture
  • Apply best practices that mitigate the impacts of trauma on first responders before, during and after an incident occurs
  • Explore leadership and the multi-disciplinary and holistic approach required in advancing the mental health agenda for first responders
  • Understand the first responder journey from self-awareness to recovery and beyond