“I would definitely recommend this training to education professionals, parents, health care providers, police officers, etc.. We all encounter people who are in midst of a crises, and learning how we can better manage our own actions and reactions in those situations can help us make a positive difference in the lives of others. This training is relevant whether we are in the parent role when our toddler is having a “tantrum” or whether our professional role is to help when we come across a person experiencing a crisis or mental health emergency. This training was delivered with compassion for those living with mental illness and helped increase my own knowledge of the brain and understanding of how our bodies function (or don’t function) during a crisis.”

Mary F. Barzee, Ed.M., Duke University School of Nursing

” I completed the SPRT training and came away with an enhanced understanding of how a law enforcement officer can use simple, effective steps in de-escalating a situation when dealing with a person in crisis. The tools that are put to work from the training, help an officer respond to a situation and guide the outcome to the appropriate course of action.”

Chief Mark R. Lott, Columbus State University Police Department

“It was a privilege to be able to participate in this course. As a career self-defense instructor, I have the unique opportunity to teach the average person self-defense and I am a huge advocate for continued training whether in my empty hand classes or in my concealed carry classes. I feel de-escalation of a critical situation is step 1 and when you potentially have someone who may fit in the special population’s categories it is even more critical. I think this course gives a great picture of how to recognize a potential issue with a person that may fit in the category and how to work with them.

I have had the opportunity to not only train with some LEO’s in my over 30 years of training but also teach some of them. It is my feeling that the law enforcement community does not get enough training on de-escalation tactics and I think any program like this can be very beneficial to any police officer as well as educators and self-defense instructors of all types. I HIGHLY recommend this course for anyone who works in the public service field and may have to encounter someone like this.”

Brandon L. Fisher, Precision Defensive Solutions

“I recently had the opportunity to participate in the SPRT program and found it to be a valuable and educational experience.  The reasonable length of time for the program allows it to fit into an agency’s busy schedule while allowing an officer the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the complexities involving our customers who may be in crisis or in need.  Its balanced approach never underestimates the importance of officer safety but helps an officer better recognize special populations who need a professional and empathetic police response.”

Lt. Tom Wetzel, City of Beachwood Police Department
“The SPRT course provides a strong foundation of knowledge  that is useful for safely and effectively responding to mental health crises. The concepts and skills taught are relevant for a wide range of audiences. Taking the course facilitates empathy and understanding, which are so critical when responding to the needs of vulnerable populations. Anyone who takes the course will acquire valuable, essential tools that may save a life one day. The curriculum is interesting and engaging from start to finish.”
Greg Hansch, LMSW Public Policy Director , National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas

I completed the Special Populations Response Training (SPRT) in February 2018.  The instructor was knowledgeable and provided me with excellent interaction.  He continuously made sure that I understood the concepts and was ready to answer any questions when I had them.  This is a unique training opportunity both in format and in concept. The topics are specific to special populations and how to interact with them in times of crises.  I was able to learn some of the brain chemistry and functioning in these special populations- which is helpful is learning how to work with people/kids in crisis.  I also really enjoyed the interactive webinar.  I was able to participate in real time with the instructor versus just have the option of watch only.  This was a valuable training tool that I am hoping to be able to use in my school district in the upcoming school year.

Carrie Hutchinson, Nordonia Hills City School District

Did You Know?*

  • One in five adults suffer from some form of mental illness and it is on the rise in the United States? (source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)?
  • One in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. (source: National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) )

Understanding how to help individuals with mental illness in crises and non-crises situations continues to be vital for First Responders. Now they can learn how to improve their interactions with this special population in a unique online, interactive training series specially designed for law enforcement, fire, and other public sector professionals.

SPRT training courses provide an interactive, fundamental look at how the brain works, how to spot the presence of a mental health crisis in an individual, the physiology of crisis, and how to de-escalate stressful situations. Increase your knowledge and be more effective in dealing with this and other special populations:

  • Mental Health Core (4 hour): strongly recommended for First Responders and Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health Core (2 hour)
  • Special Population: Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease (2 hour)
  • Special Population: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (2 hour)
  • Special Population: Autism (2 hours)

Training is conducted live online. Participants connect from their office or home with a PC/Mac or IPad/Android device with a webcam, speakers and microphone. A telephone can be used in lieu of a microphone. Because training is conducted online, no travel costs are incurred. Flexible scheduling is available along with educational hours (CEU’s)

Check out our training calendar for each of these classes:

Special Populations Response Training (SPRT) – Core 4 hours CLICK HERE

Special Populations Response Training (SPRT) – Core 2 hours  CLICK HERE

Special Populations Response Training (SPRT) – PTSD  CLICK HERE

Special Populations Response Training (SPRT) – Dementia  CLICK HERE

Special Populations Response Training (SPRT) – Autism  CLICK HERE

Discounts are available for department/group training. Contact us for more details at 216.504.2602.

If you would like to increase your knowledge and become more effective dealing with this special population, contact us for more details and special group and departmental pricing.

*Want to learn more about mental health? Click here