Dr. Palmer is a former First Responder and served in the US Army National Guard, as well as numerous positions in Corrections, Crisis Intervention, Child Welfare, & Wilderness Medicine. He is also a Certified First Responder Counselor, specialty-trained in the unique culture of First Responders and Law Enforcement Officers. The training program (Cultural Competency for the First Responder Counselor) & CFRC Certification Examination prepares counselors to be culturally competent to support those who protect all of us.

The training one receives to become a CFRC is extensive, and includes:

1. The mentality of a Law Enforcement Officer
2. The perspective of a First Responder
3. The culture / family of response teams
4. The Trauma of being a Responder
5. The triad of health & well-being in regard to safety
6. Suicide in law enforcement & First Responder careers
7. Warrior mentality
8. Peer support vs Peer pressure
9. Denial, Job Security, and other reasons to resist counseling
10. The spouse, children, family of a Responder
11. The real goal of helping a Responder
12. The importance of self-debriefing as a Responder counselor
13. Ethics in Responder careers and those of their Counselors
14. Confidentiality and trust 
15. Rapport with a warrior
16. Common coping techniques of First Responders
17.  Networking & building connections
18.  Resources available to First Responders
19. Helping a Responder manage public criticism
20. A holistically healthy First Responder
21. Changing the culture of First Responder mental health
22. Other issues related specifically to working in a counselor role with a First Responder

Dr. Palmer works with First Responders across the country in Intensive Outpatient Programs, as a Wellness Check-in Counselor for several departments in Utah, and with individual first responders in every state where Dr. Palmer is licensed to practice. If you would like to work with Dr. Palmer, please don’t hesitate to send an email to: alaskaonlinecounselingllc@gmail.com to discuss the specifics and any questions or concerns you may have.

The Certified First Responder Counselor is facilitated by Academy Hour, LLC which has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7092.

CFRC Directory https://www.firstrespondercounselor.com/cfrc-directory

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