The CARES UP Model
Step Four - Train UP
As your agency works on identified action plan goals, it is important for staff to understand the risks and protective factors of being a first responder. Providing education and training around these factors can normalize the experience and provide tools to deal with the stressors. In this step, the team will focus on identifying training to support your team’s mental wellness. This training can teach them ways to improve their resilience in the face of job and life stressors.
General Mental Health & Wellness Training:
The CARES UP team suggests starting with a general mental health and wellness training for all staff to take part in. Visit the link below to learn of the various examples for your leadership team to review and choose from.
Resiliency Trainings & Activities:
After staff have completed a general mental health training, it is recommended that they participate in a resiliency training. Resilience or resiliency is often defined as the ability to adapt to and recover from stress and adversity and maintain a high level of psychological functioning. Having resources, structure, and values is important for an agency; this helps the individual to function in a positive way when there is exposure to adversity.
Helpful resources & articles:
- List of Resiliency Trainings & Programs To Choose From
- Five Ways To Promote Officer Resilience
- ARNG Leader’s Guide – Solider Resilience
- Individual Resilience: Factsheet For Responders
- How First Responders Can Improve Resiliency With Fitness & Nutrition
- Wellness Activities Help Relieve High Stress Levels Of First Responders
- First Responder Resiliency: HART – High Adversity Resilience Training