Oregon State Police
All Sworn Resilience Training
Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) Program
In 2022 Chiron was contracted by the State of Oregon to provide an 8-hour resilience training for all sworn Oregon State Police personnel organized over 5 months to include 70 – 80 employees during 9 separate workshops. We are meeting with all ranks and all division, from each region statewide to provide an interactive workshop addressing the immediate as well as long-term health and wellness of the sworn personnel and their loved ones. The morning focuses on psychoeducation, personal assessment, moral injury, critical incidents, and cumulative stress while establishing permission, opportunity, and language to facilitate interactive, group discussions. The afternoon highlights the actual science and purpose behind an extensive range of resilience techniques that the participants then practice throughout the rest of the day including: breathing techniques, mindfulness, meditation, art therapy, sound therapy, aroma therapy, gratitude journaling, somatic-based support, and overall left/right brain creative expression focusing on resilience. The consistent feedback has been that although a bit “touchy-feely” at times, the overwhelming consensus has been extremely positive as captured by written course evaluations as well as verbal feedback. Common themes in the feedback include: “long overdue – needed this years ago,” “greatly appreciated day of information,” “excellent opportunities to interaction with peers to talk about things hard to talk about,” “appreciated practicing resources rather than just talking about them,” and “excellent, practical skills to use every day.”
Our truth that peer-based interaction has the greatest value in support of the overall wellness of public safety professionals was overwhelmingly validated through the intense at times, heartfelt, and always dynamic interactions among these extraordinary participants. By far, this has been one of the most meaningful projects that Chiron has ever had the honor to facilitate in support of our law enforcement brothers and sisters. The raw, honest, difficult conversations were extremely powerful; and the invaluable lessons learned related to content facilitation will serve to support other trauma-devastated professionals for years to come.
Finally, the opportunity to meet with these sworn officers within a learning context will exponentially enhance our capacity to serve them and their loved ones during Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) activations, a program that Chiron personnel have been a part of since the 2010 inception of OSP’s CIRT program.