WHAT IS ERCIS?
WHAT IS ERCIS?
Emergency Responders Critical Incident Seminar, (ERCIS) is a three-day intensive seminar. It is not a training program, it is a program designed to give you the resources, tools, and support system to overcome your past critical incidents and prepare you to handle those you will be involved with throughout your career. When you attend an ERAP, you are in a safe and confidential environment. You are amongst fellow emergency responders who, too, have experienced traumatic and debilitating critical events. We cannot stress the importance of your spouse or significant other to attend with you; we have a seat for them too.
ERAP’s ERCIS is led by a Doctor of Psychology who specializes in assisting emergency responders. Our Clinical Directors are supported by a selected team of licensed counselors who also specialize in serving emergency responders. You will also be attending with a team of peer support mentors. Our peer mentors are your peers, men, and women emergency responders who wear the uniform or serve in an emergency responder role today or they may now be retired and have committed themselves to serve you.
I would like to give you an overview of how the three seminar days are laid out. During your three days with us, you will be involved in a large group and small group sessions, one-on-one sessions with our mental health team, and EMDR sessions. Please know all participants are required to stay the first and second nights in a hotel who is a partner of ERAP. Our team will also be staying at the same hotel as you. You will find yourself and fellow participants migrating down to the lobby during the evening. Candidly, these informal evening sessions are truly amazing as you and your peers will enjoy our team and relaxed conversation with one another. During your time with us, we will provide you your meals, drinks, snacks, and all seminar resources. All we need is you!
Day wise schedule
Day one begins at 8:30 AM. This is a large group day and most generally our longest day. It can be emotional, stressful, but lays the foundation for day two and three. All participants, including attending spouses, have the opportunity to speak about what brings them to our seminar, their critical incidents, and the impact on them, their family, and extended family. In a very short period of time, you will find out you are not alone in how you feel or how and why things have changed for you. By the end of day one, you will see, feel, and hear a positive change is happening.
Day two is a busy day, small groups, large groups, one-on-one with of our clinical professionals, and EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing sessions. Throughout the day, you will be scheduled to join our clinical team for the one-on-one and EMDR sessions.
Small group sessions: Our Clinical Directors break our participants into groups with similar critical incidents; for example, OIS, death of children, physical assault, tragic vehicle accident.
Small groups are led by our peer mentors. These groups spend time together discussing your critical incident, impacts, and recovery resources.
Large group sessions:
During our day two sessions, our team begins providing you many tools that will not only help you today; however, the information will be very beneficial for you as you move through your career. Our large group sessions focus on emotional survival, communication, healthy relationships in emergency responder families, triggers, managing triggers, parenting as an emergency responder, how to solve relationship problems, suicide, and chemical dependency.
A day of pulling it all together; we continue our small and large groups, one-on-ones, and EMDR sessions. Our large group session will address how to stay focused in the face of negativity, how to overcome adversity and the next steps to be taken. Now we begin to learn from you- we will have you complete the Impact of Events Scale as well as post-assessment and post-growth plans. We will ask you what has changed in you, what has shifted, and for a testimonial regarding how the seminar impacted you. We will conclude with What’s next!
ERCIS EVENT DATES
ERAP is dedicated to providing emotional support to emergency first responders who experienced psychological trauma following critical incidents.
Why ERCIS Training
GROW YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND STAY MENTALLY HEALTHY
100% FREE OF CHARGE
We collect donations, grants, and agency assistance to help ease the burden.
We use some of the most trusted doctors and therapists that have the knowledge & expertise needed to provide support.
Soon you will be able to attend our seminars from the comfort of your home.