Law enforcement officers and first responders have unique jobs, they have experiences that others don't have, and they have mental health needs that aren't "the usual" everyday need.
A Certified First Responder Counselor is specially trained to understand the needs of these heroes, including the importance of confidentiality and trust. After completing the specialized training program, and passing the CFRC assessment, the certification will last a period of one year, and must be renewed annually upon meeting continuing education requirements.
The Certified First Responder Counselor training program and certification are products of Academy Hour, LLC, a training provider specializing in mental health and leadership for law enforcement and first responders.
Founder / Director
Amy Morgan, MSC
Director / Founder - Academy Hour
Master’s in Counseling, Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioral Sciences
Member, Int’l. Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Assoc. (ILEETA)
Mental Health Committee Member - International Public Safety Association
Instructor / Mental Health Consultant - International Public Safety Assoc.
Instructor - Justice Clearinghouse
Instructor - Int’l Assoc. for Directors of Law Enf. Standards & Training
Mental Health Trainer– CLEET (Council for Law Enforcement Educ. & Trng.)
Peer Support & Debriefing partner, Warriors Rest Foundation
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) certified
Tactical Emergency Casualty Care - Law Enforcement Officer certified (TECC-LEO)
Mental health trainer – Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department / SWAT
Strategic training partner – Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police
Mental health trainer – Oklahoma Sheriffs’ and Peace Officers’ Association
Former Training Officer for Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Author of therapy resource workbooks & training curriculum
Certified trainer: ASIST-Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Certified trainer: QPR-Question Persuade Refer
CPI Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Trainer
Oklahoma Supreme Court Civil Mediator
Mensa USA & Mensa Oklahoma member achievement
Ms. Morgan lives in Oklahoma and has 3 amazing (grown) kids and a beautiful granddaughter. She spends her life learning everything she can about law enforcement officers and first responders, advocating for their mental health, and supporting & encouraging them toward self-care in every way she can. She develops online training courses and also travels the country teaching in-person and presenting at conferences. Through her travels, she's had the joy of meeting many amazing officers and responders.
CONTRIBUTORS, REVIEWERS AND STORY-TELLERS
Academy Hour and the CFRC program would like to thank MANY, MANY people who have taken their time and given effort toward the development of this program. Through countless interviews with first responders, law enforcement officers, psychologists and counselors, we feel thorough research has helped to create a truly beneficial program for those counselors who are interested in working with the responder population. Because of the nature of their work, their stories, and their personalities, we are not able to name each and every person we worked with, but we would like to thank them as a whole group for sharing their stories with us and telling us what we needed to know for the creation of this curriculum.
We would like to thank specifically:
Warriors Rest Foundation - Brad, Brett, Gary & Kathy
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department (Deputies & Tac Team)
Tulsa Police Department
Houston Police Department
International Public Safety Association
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department