PTSD/I and TBI-What Does This Mean?


Author’s Notation: While we refer to Post Traumatic Stress throughout this article as PTSD, we are cognizant of the preference to change “disorder” to “injury,” or PTSI with various coalitions and organizations. When an official, definitive, acronym is determined, we will then update this article.

In a given year, roughly 8 million adults in the United States will have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Each year, between 1.5 and 2 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury. “Practical Response to People with Trauma and Anxiety Responses” focuses on these two serious conditions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and how individuals living with these conditions may behave and react in a variety of situations. By attending, you will learn the causes and symptoms of PTSD and TBI to help recognize behaviors that may seem inappropriate or out of proportion to the situation at hand.

TBI education includes:

  • Types of injuries, including CTE
  • Treatments
  • Challenges in identifying an individual with TBI
  • De-escalation techniques

PTSD education includes:

  • Review of diagnosis criteria, with spotlights on the most prevalent and challenging behaviors and symptoms
  • Causes and risk factors
  • Common co-occurring disorders
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Military and first responder trauma
  • Treatment options and healthy coping skills

“Practical Response to People with Trauma and Anxiety Responses” not only focuses on the people you may be encountering in your correctional facility, while on patrol, or on duty at the dispatch center but also provides education around your own experiences as law enforcement. Each career path is a hard job, and you face many intense, sometimes traumatic situations. In fact, roughly 15% of first responders experience PTSD. Being able to recognize when you need to use your coping skills is a crucial part of being a good officer/emergency professional. Everyone wants to go home safe, and “Practical Response to People with Trauma and Anxiety Responses” will support this in a multitude of ways.

Please take the time to enroll in our class and discover the ways you can support yourself and others! Our next class is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2022!