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CISM Training and Peer Support Team Development

Psychological Body Armor™

Whether you prefer learning face-to-face or online, we offer training designed to help those in emergency services and healthcare develop a personal approach to staying strong and healthy, both in mind and body.

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Why Psychological Body Armor™?

Psychological Body Armor, created by Dr. George S. Everly, Jr., is designed specifically for people like you who face tough challenges every day. It's full of practical, proven methods that help you recover quickly from tough times and strengthen your ability to handle the stress that comes with your job and life. In simple terms, this training isn't just helpful—it could be a game-changer for your well-being.

What You Will Learn:

  • How Psychological Body Armor can help you stay strong and bounce back no matter what comes your way.

  • How to spot the signs of a strong, resilient mindset. Get to know how to keep your cool, manage your feelings, and stay steady when things get tough.

  • How to create your own Personal Psychological Body Armor action plan before you leave the training.

  • How to use physical exercise to help you get stronger mentally and physically at the same time.

  • Superfoods that will help you feel better, perform better, and fuel your Psychological Body Armor™.

  • How to balance work with downtime, leaning on friends or family, and tapping into your spiritual side to build a stronger you.

  • Ignoring Stress Will Not Make It Go Away

    Emergency services and healthcare professions demand much from its people. If you're like many organizations, you may be experiencing...

  • High employee turnover

  • Low morale

  • High healthcare costs

  • Higher than normal usage of sick leave

  • Increased on the job injuries

  • But there's hope

    Psychological Body Armor, created by Dr. George S. Everly, Jr., is designed specifically for people like you who face tough challenges every day. It's full of practical, proven methods that help you recover quickly from tough times and strengthen your ability to handle the stress that comes with your job and life. In simple terms, this training isn't just helpful—it could be a game-changer for your well-being.

    Evidence-Based Training

    This training teaches methods that are backed by solid research from the fields of behavioral and brain science. Everything you'll learn is rooted in proven science, not just guesswork.

    Participant Self-Assessments

    Build your own Psychological Body Armor™ profile by taking 10 easy surveys. They'll help you see exactly where you stand in relation to the six key elements of mental strength.

    Participant-Created Action Plan

    By the end of the training, you'll have your own custom plan for looking after yourself. You'll get to pick from 36 different actions that can help you stay well and strong, both at work and in your personal life.

    Who Would Benefit

    • Law Enforcement Personnel

    • Firefighters

    • Emergency Medical Services

    • Emergency Room Personnel

    • Physicians

    • Nursing Staff

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    Course Modules

    Here's a better breakdown of what you'll be learning inside this training.

    Module 1

    The Background of Psychological Body Armor ™ (PBA)

    This module examines how our lifestyle affects our health. It discusses the prevalence of PTSD among first responders and the medical community. It also lists 20 wellness myths that will be dealt with during the course of the training.

    Holistic health

    Module 2


    This module introduces the process of self-assessment. There will be a total of ten in this course. They are explained and begin in this section. Module 2 contains four self-assessments.


    Module 3

    Attitude - The Foundation of PBA

    Attitude is the foundation of Psychological Body Armor™. This module consists of three sections. The biology of PBA will be discussed and explain how you can literally change the structure and function of your brain beginning with our thoughts.


    Module 4

    Physical Exercise Strengthens PBA

    Research on the benefits of exercise and its effect on the brain will be covered. Three exercise myths will be debunked in this section. (Don't worry, you won't have to become a gym rat to be healthy.)


    Module 5

    Nutrition Fuels PBA

    Wellness-promoting and wellness-eroding nutritional factors will be reviewed in this module. The major topics are foods of convenience (fast foods,) Stimulants, Protective foods, and eating patterns. The best supplemental vitamins and herbs will be listed (Sources: Johns Hopkins Medicine.) We'll also let you know the one drink - more than any other- that may protect your nerve cells.


    Module 6

    Sleep/Rest Restores & Recharges PBA

    Adversity and challenge are part and parcel of the world in which we live. Our bodies require the opportunity to restore and recharge. This module contains four prescriptive options to aid in that restoration.

    Sleep and rest

    Module 7

    Interpersonal Support Multiplies PBA

    Interpersonal support is the single best predictor of resilience. It is a force multiplier. It expands Psychological Body Armor™. This module reviews the importance of collaboration and support.

    Social support

    Module 8

    How Spirituality & Faith Relate to PBA

    This module briefly reviews the notion of spirituality and faith … it is NOT about religion per se. Spiritual health is mentioned by every current credible source on the topic of wellness, so it is included in this module.

    Faith and spirituality

    Module 9

    Making a Personal Plan for PBA

    At the conclusion of this course, you will leave with your very own Personal Psychological Body Armor™ Action Plan. You will be designing your own plan from thirty-six prescriptive recommendations. Since our goal is not to introduce more stress into your life, we recommend you begin with no more than two self-care actions when you get home.

    Action plan

    Upcoming Psychological Body Armor™ Courses

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    June 27, 2024

    Course is postponed - Date TBD

    Registration: $150

    This course is being offered as a Remote Learning - Live Training! This course includes content of traditional in-person classroom training via Zoom technology.

    • Real-time presentations
    • Faculty Interaction
    • Small group breakouts
    • Live Q & A

    Meet the Author of this Training

    George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, ABPP, FAPA, FACLP, CCISM

    Dr. Everly is an award-winning author and researcher. In 2016 PubMed Reminer ranked him as the #1 published author in two fields: crisis intervention and psychological first aid. He holds appointments as Professor in the Department of International Health (affiliated) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Professor of Psychology at Loyola University in Maryland (core faculty).

    Dr. Everly was a Harvard Scholar, visiting in psychology, Harvard University; a Visiting Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Chief Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Johns Hopkins' Homewood Hospital Center.

    He has authored numerous professional papers and 20 books including the ground-breaking books Controlling Stress and Tension, Occupational Health Promotion, and A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response. He is uniquely trained in business management, neuroscience, public health, and clinical psychology. He is co-founder of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)

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    How to Host a Training

    It's easy and affordable



    We'll take a few minutes and discuss your organizational requirements to determine your best plan of action.



    We'll provide interactive in-person or "virtual" training to give your employees the tools and confidence to create their own self-care plan.



    Psychological and emotional resilience along with their personal PBA action plan will keep your team healthy and productive

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    Meet The Presenter

    Stress Management Trainer and Speaker

    Bart J Leger, PhD., BCPC, FAAETS, CCISM

    Dr. Leger has nearly 35 years of experience providing crisis intervention, stress management, peer support, training, and consulting services to first responders, mental health professionals, clergy, school counselors, medical, corporate, and industrial fields. His PhD is in counseling with a concentration in traumatic stress. He is a board certified Fellow with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a retired first responder.

    With experience in the business sector, law enforcement, fire services, EMS, schools and churches, he is uniquely qualified to provide consulting, training and program development in the areas of peer support teams, critical incident stress management, workplace violence, church and workplace safety, suicide intervention, compassion fatigue/burnout, and many other workforce wellness concerns.

    "First responders and front-line medical professionals deserve to enjoy holistic wellness and finish their careers healthy and strong. More than ever, we are faced with challenges of supporting emergency services and health care professionals with evidence-based and practical self-care. With this course, you'll learn lessons from neuroscience that can save your career, your marriage, and your life. You will build a lifestyle of resilience, enabling you to face and conquering every challenge...

    ... see you on the inside!"

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    What course participants are saying...

    I like the interactive portions. Sometimes when its "at your own pace" learning, it can be hard to stay connected and retain the information. The interactive portions help with this.

    The content and the way it is laid out made it very easy to follow and understand. The extra reading materials were also very helpful.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    We know you'd still have questions, so that's why we prepared this section just for you.

    What is the refund policy?

    Upon request, you may receive a full refund if you cancel at least 14 days prior to the date of training. After that, we don’t give refunds, but you may transfer to the next available course for a $50 transfer fee.

    Can I transfer my registration to another person?

    Yes! To transfer your registration, simply email me at [email protected] and provide the name and email address of the person to whom you are transferring. Please contact me at least 24 hourse before beginning of training.

    Does this class have any prerequisites?

    No. There are no prerequisites required for this training.

    Do I have to be a first responder or in the medical field to take this course.

    No. This course is open to anyone who is interested in attending.

    Can this course be presented 100% online.

    Yes. This course can be taken completely online via Zoom, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. There will be breakout rooms to discuss topics covered in each module.

    Do I get a certificate when I complete this class?

    Yes, if you complete the entire class. Each class requires a certain number contact hours in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Partial certificates are not issued. Certificate will be provided through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

    Can I receive CEUs for this course?

    Yes. Participants will receive an ICISF Certificate of Attendance that offers general (not profession-specific) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from by University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Emergency Health Services Professional and Continuing Education (PACE).

    How often is this course offered?

    This course will be offered periodically. Course offerings will be listed on our upcoming courses page. Feel free to request a course. We will schedule a class if there is a minimum of 12 participants.

    Schedule Changes & The Stress Care Doc's Right to Cancel

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, if it becomes necessary to make changes to the schedule, The Stress Care Doc reserves the right to cancel or make changes in course offerings, presenters and session times without prior notice to attendees.

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