The Certified First Responder Counselor Program was developed to give mental health clinicians and other individuals the tools needed to effectively reach and support first responders with cultural competence, expertise, confidence, and empathy. There are three program options available to prepare individuals from varying backgrounds and interests to help first responders heal. The Certified First Responder Counselor, Associate, and Supporter programs are online, self-paced training programs with a certification exam required at the end. All of the tracks include specialized training to help students understand the unique needs of public safety professionals.
Informed by collaboration with officers and responders at all levels and in all areas, as well as consulting with counselors and psychologists who have experience in working in this field, the courses seamlessly blend the latest mental health and leadership approaches with real-world relevance. The curriculum was originally developed under Academy Hour by a mental health professional and training specialist who also has experience with Law Enforcement and First Responders.
In 2022, Lighthouse for Public Safety was honored to acquire Academy Hour, which included the Certified First Responder Counselor program. In alignment with Academy Hour’s mission, the team at Lighthouse is passionate about helping first responders truly thrive, on and off the job. As Lighthouse developed wellness apps for hundreds of public safety agencies over the years, we saw a gap in clinicians and Peer Support leaders' readiness to effectively navigate the first responder experience. We are thrilled to be able to “help you, help them”--that is, to support those seeking to help first responders do so as effectively as possible.
In addition to increasing visibility of these wonderful programs through our platform and network, and enhancing existing offerings with a more diverse collection of industry-leading voices, the Lighthouse team is working on growing the programs beyond the virtual realm to include in-person training and community building events.
Join us as we continue to help first responders and those who support them, every step of the way, to not just survive, but thrive.