Understanding First Responder Cultures for Mental Health Professionals




By taking the ICISF Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention courses, we, as mental health professionals, have learned how to provide assistance to First Responders after a Critical Incident. But what if they seek our help with none crisis issues, do we treat them the same as we would any civilian who comes to us for help? The answer is a resounding NO! As with any special group, we must take into consideration the “cultural issues” of the group and adjust our clinical interventions to acknowledge their difference. This seminar is a quick look at some of the specifics of first responders and the cultures of their profession and some ideas on adapting our clinical interventions to meet their needs.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:
  • Identify 3 key aspects of a first responder culture
  • Identify 2 unique stressors in each first responder culture
  • Identify 2 adaptations they might make in their clinical approach to working with first responders in their practice setting