In this program, law enforcement and mental health professionals receive evidence-based education and training in how to effectively and compassionately respond to emergency calls involving individuals with mental illness. Earn this certificate and earn to work together in ways that improve outcomes for those in crisis and the people around them.
The program covers basic concepts of mental illness, including signs and symptoms, indications of pending crises, approaches to de-escalation, and more. It explores the unique culture of police and sheriff departments and the basics of working within the law enforcement community, providing mental health professionals with guidelines for collaborating with law enforcement and supporting a successful partnership that improves community safety.
The program is offered online giving you the flexibility to complete your coursework virtually.
Work and study with the field’s top professionals, building your expertise in applying evidence-based skills in crises involving individuals with mental illness.
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Course 1: Responding to Individuals in Crisis
This course covers the basic concepts associated with mental illness, mental health crises, violence risk, and behavioral threat assessment. The features associated with specific mental illnesses, including signs and symptoms and behavioral indicators of potential crises, are explored. De-escalation and risk management strategies are reviewed. The course provides you with options to focus on community or school-based applications.
Course 2: Model Law Enforcement-Mental Health Response Initiatives
This course covers the basic concepts associated with mental illness, mental health crises, violence risk, and behavioral threat assessment. The features associated with specific mental illnesses, including signs and symptoms and behavioral indicators of potential crises, are explored. De-escalation and risk management strategies are reviewed. The course provides students with options to focus on community or school-based applications.
Course 3: Expanding the Impact of Law Enforcement-Mental Health Response Initiative
This course reviews innovative, supplemental strategies such as dispatch protocols, safe school campaigns, and community-based public/private partnerships that can assist in improving crisis and threat response practices and the wellbeing of the individuals involved. The course provides options to focus on the ways in which impact can be enhanced in the community or in school-based settings
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Is this course taught online or on-campus?
The certificate program is offered online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing you flexibility with your schedule.
Are scholarships and financial aid available?
Yes, there are private and public scholarships to help you meet the cost of your education and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.
CSFS is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence. CSFS is a corporate partner of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and many of our advanced practice certificates are eligible for continuing education credit.