Peer Support Program
The Employee Assistance Program has a continued training program for Peer Support Person (PSP). These PSP’s are a group of dedicated volunteers from within the SPPD, SPFD, ECC including civilian employees. The program is designed to provide all public safety employees the opportunity to receive emotional and tangible peer support through times of personal or professional crisis and to help anticipate and address potential difficulties.
Peer Support Person training includes:
- Knowledge on communication, confidentiality, facilitation and listening skills
- Skills to identify and manage crises, grief and stressful situations
- Skills to identify potential alcohol and substance abuse, along with potential suicide and trauma intervention.
- Techniques to monitor, contribute, and increase moral within the department
- Skills to identify and intervene with sworn and non-sworn personnel and family members in crises
- Skills to facilitate and encourage sworn and non-sworn personnel to utilize EAP services
Participants are selected based on:
- Previous education and training, resolved traumatic experiences
- Ability to learn skills to problem solve during peer interactions in a way that provide assistance to peers.
- Desirable personal qualities of maturity, judgment, and personal and professional credibility
Benefits to the department and employees include:
- Improvement in overall moral within the department
- More timely and personal intervention with employees in need of assistance
- Improved interactions with community members
- Increase in employees utilizing EAP services
If Interested, Contact Sgt. Constance Bennett (651) 298-5006 or 612-554-3878 (cell)