First Responder Addiction Education

First Responder TrainingAddiction and mental health training for First Responders is key to assisting the general population. The Addictions Academy offers education and hands-on training designed especially for the Police Officer, EMT, Firefighter, or crisis worker. The first-ever training that targets and explains addiction and how to assist in the solution of solving the epidemic that is currently rampant. In a crisis environment, it is difficult for the addicted individual to see the negative patterns of their behavior and how they not only affect their family but also their community. Addicted individuals become non-productive members of society and sometimes very destructive when it comes to crime, (burglary, drug sales, trafficking, etc) and the goal of any community is to triage and redirect and rehabilitate the person to not only help themselves and their families but the community as a whole.

This one-day (ON-SITE at your location) training will cover what addiction is, how to triage it, and how to offer the quickest solutions for help over-incarceration or death. Addiction and mental health training at The Addictions Academy will cover what mental health disorders are (DSM 5), and how to deal with the chronically addicted and mentally ill that are encountered so often in first responder work. We will cover what street drugs are currently available and which ones are life-threatening and what countermeasures are available for overdose and awareness. See below for what is all included in the course.

NOTE: There are NO prerequisites to this course. Also included is 6 hours of ethics self-study.  We do offer Job Board, Networking, and Business/Private Practice assistance. Total hours 12.

You will learn:

  • What addiction is and what it is not
  • Active vs. Passive Listening Skills
  • Accessing Community Supports
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Pharmacology
  • Street Drugs and what they mean (most current up-to-date information)
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal techniques
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • DSM- 5 Terminology
  • Mental Health Terminology
  • Understanding Learning Styles and Motivation to change
  • Overcoming obstacles and barriers
  • Family Dynamics
  • Read the Client: Overcoming resistance to participation
  • Assessing for Safety: yours, theirs, and the clients.
  • Tips and Tricks to close the deal faster
  • What NOT to say or do
  • Codependent behavior definitions and how to deal with these personalities
  • Continuum of Care Knowledge and the family healing process

Please call today for rates, locations, and more. 1.800.706.0318 ext 2
Call for private group training only.

Dr.Cali Estes is in these photos below offering addiction and mental health training for First Responders in New Jersey to the entire state police department.

Cali Estes from The Addictions Academy teaching a free course to first responders and police officers.

Your Host for this Training, Dr. Cali Estes

Dr. Cali Estes is a Therapist, Life Coach, Recovery Coach, Addictions Coach, and Wellness Guru, Dr. Cali Estes has been named ‘The Female Dr. Drew’ by the media. She has been featured on CNN, NBC, FOX, ABC, KTLA, People Mag, Yoga Digest, and more. She is the Founder of The Addictions Academy and the wildly popular Sober on Demand for an alternative to drug and alcohol treatment services. She has also created the first-ever addiction and mental health supplement line, ProRecoveryRx.
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March 2016. The first-ever first responder intervention training. This includes Broward County Dade County and West Palm Beach County in South Florida. Cali Estes of The Addictions Academy and Don Prince of sober coach Don taught an amazing class

“I would like the opportunity to participate in more courses. I like the scenarios and how to deal with certain people. The specific approach for do’s and don’ts was excellent”
-Gabriel Zahora, Captain.

“Great job, we need much more of this. The discussion of warning signs and open-ended conversations impacted me”.
-Jacque Neltz, Captain and Benefit Officer

“Hello Dr. Cali
Thank you for the training,  this was the best training class I have had in my law enforcement career.  I have contacted Chief Kunz of Jackson twp. Police Department and Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Cornoto about this training already.   I would like to see it in ocean county soon.  Also, I think it should be required in the police academies.

Thank you.”
-Officer Michael Grochowski Jackson Police

“My name is TJ McWain and I am a police officer in Southern New Jersey. As a police officer, I come into contact with substance abusers on a daily basis – and things that often go along with substance abuse, such as homelessness, chronic unemployment, and crimes against property.

Traditionally, law enforcement was limited in how we can handle these situations…we could give them phone numbers to call, drop them off at hospitals or shelters, or put them in jail. Early in my career, I recognized that these methods weren’t working and that I would continuously come into contact with the same people over and over again. Often times, I would arrest someone and have conversations with them while they were being booked. While they all came from different races, genders, backgrounds, and economic status, their stories were all pretty much the same. Some tried to get help and couldn’t navigate the confusing treatment system. Some were uninsured or underinsured and couldn’t get into treatment. Some didn’t want treatment. Some pleaded with me to help them. Drug addiction in New Jersey and across the country is out of control and I felt like there had to be something else out there.

While researching a way to actually help find a solution to this problem, I found The Addictions Academy and Dr. Cali Estes. Dr. Estes was immediately drawn to my plight and, after several long conversations about what would be the most beneficial, it was decided that I would sign up for several of her courses.

I completed the training to obtain my National Certification as an Interventionist Professional. The class was absolutely perfect for my purposes and opened my eyes to the psychology of addiction. The class was invaluable and provided me with insight on how to recognize when someone may be ready for treatment (or how to make them ready) and what resources to have ready for when that time comes.

I also completed training to obtain National Certification as a Family Recovery Coach, Relapse Prevention, and Individual Recovery Coach. These courses reinforced some of the information I learned during the Intervention course and offered additional education on specifics related to the course titles. Furthermore, I was able to use this training to obtain a further understanding of addiction and how to help both the substance abuser and their family work together prior to and during recovery.

I would absolutely recommend this training to all first responders and every individual who feels that they want to do more for their family, friends, community, or anyone going through struggles related to addiction. The courses allow you to learn from home in a comfortable setting and the instructors engage you in role-playing and other scenarios that bring the textbook to life. At the end of your course, you will have exponentially increased your knowledge and ability to help those that need your help and, in that sense, the training is absolutely priceless.”

-Officer TJ McWain