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, military and first responder services. The only certificate program of its kind in Canada, 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 your organization.

Study with experienced professionals

The 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 to manage workplace stress, crisis and PTSD, and explore overall mental wellness. 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 for first responders
  • Apply best practices that mitigate the impacts of trauma on first responders before, during and after an incident occurs
  • Develop a personal resiliency toolkit to support yourself and others
  • Understand the importance of families, friendships and other relationships to the mental health of first responders
  • 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
  • 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