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Training Approved by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T)

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The Science of Suicide Prevention and Mental Resilience Training


Course Number: NCC01G


Hours: 16 (Two-Day Course)

Hosting Agency:

Georgia State University Police Department



Georgia State University

3735 Memorial College Avenue, Clarkston, GA 30021,

Perimeter College Clarkston Campus,

Parking Lot 3


Course Target Population:

Law Enforcement

First Responders


This course is designed to provide officers with an understanding of the psychology of suicide, fear, stress, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that result from critical incidents or traumatic events, and utilize such knowledge to provide effective behavioral interventions that can mitigate the potential psychological impact that these events can have on officers.

The aim of this suicide prevention training is to impart knowledge, build psychological skills, and promote the attitude that suicide prevention is the responsibility of every officer in the department. Our curriculum has a scientific basis and includes components of neuroscience, biology, social psychology, and behavioral science.

The course introduces officers to specific functions and the architectural design of the human brain. Officers will learn how different parts of the brain are responsible for trauma processing, emotions, stress, fear, anxiety, and PTSD. It will provide an understanding of the importance of knowing the correlation between biological activities and psychological events, and how this correlation affects decision making, emotions, and behavior.

The Goal of the Training

At the end of our course officers will be able to:

  • Promote the attitude that suicide prevention is the responsibility of every officer in the department.

  • Identify risky behaviors and implement protective factors to prevent suicidal ideation in the self and others.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the correlations between the brain and the mind, the mind and behavior, and thinking processes and emotions.

  • Recognize thinking patterns and behaviors in themselves and others that indicate an increased risk of depression.

  • List the consequences of suicide for fellow officers, family, and society.

  • Understand the mechanism of the fight or flight response and its associations with aggression, anxiety, excessive force, and decision making processes.

  • Apply psychological strategies and skills to their own unique situations and take an active role in self-recovery.

  • Employ psychological strategies designed to decrease anxiety, stress, and negative thinking patterns.

  • Replace uncertainty in their own behavior with a strategic approach to self-development.

  • Explain the causes of PTSD and recognize symptoms and behaviors of an officer experiencing PTSD.

  • Analyze behavior without bias and think strategically to implement solutions.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of cognitive distortions and biases that impact perspective and influence behavior.

  • Incorporate components of peer support training methodologies: assess and effectively address immediate needs and critical concerns in order to mitigate emotional suffering and promote healthy decision-making.

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Lecture, individual and group practical exercises, self-assessments, case studies, and an interactive training structure that allows participants and the instructor to engage in real discussions.


Georgia State University Police Department

Lt. Kimberly D. McClenton Clarkston Campus, Watch Commander

662 North Indian Creek Dr. Clarkston, GA. 30021

Office: 678-891-3961

Hybrid Academy 

POC: Margret Younis 3

312 662 8826

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