Trainings and resources for members of your department, including in-service trainings on resiliency, positive stress management, and learned optimism can help to build a healthy workforce.

“You can teach that?!” Resilience is the capacity to prepare for, adapt to, and recover from stress, adversity, and trauma. The good news for all of us is that resilience is very much a learned pattern of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and what is learnable is very often also teachable.

As a result, proper resiliency programming can help law enforcement officers and firefighters develop a set of practical skills that can be applied in a number of situations to help strengthen stress tolerance and coping ability. Proper resiliency training programs can reduce problems with stress, trauma, anxiety, and depression, and improve overall well-being and optimism.

Skills that contribute to resiliency include:

  • Self-awareness.
  • Self-regulation.
  • Optimism.
  • Mental agility.
  • Connectedness.
  • Ability to access positive emotions.
  • Character.

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Educational programming in your department could include a focus on one, some, or all of these skills, with the ultimate focus being on building resiliency that can elevate job performance and improve work engagement.