Virginia First Responder Support Services offers a comprehensive 2 day peer support training program along with a variety of independent courses (1-2 hours) for first responders and their families. Please see below for a list of current opportunities. Be sure to check back often as this list will be updated regularly. All courses are taught in-person. Please fill out the contact form below to inquire about availability and pricing.

Independent classes

  • Firefighter/EMS Suicide

  • Police/Dispatch Suicide

  • Stress, Trauma, and PTSD

  • Loving a First Responder - FREE Family Session for Spouses/Partners

  • 1st Responder Culture in Mental Health Practice - For Mental Health Professionals

peer support Team Training program

  • 2 day program (16 hours)

  • Max 30 students

  • $150 per person, Hosting Department is allocated 5 free spots

  • 2 scholarships available per class. Please email us for more information.

  • Overview of symptoms of stress, PTSD, depression, and anxiety

  • Introduction to and development of active listening strategies, non-verbal communication skills, and crisis intervention strategies.

  • Learn how to build rapport with your fellow first responders on and off the job.

  • Identify local mental health resources

  • Upon completion of this program, individuals are eligible to volunteer as members of VFRSS's peer support team and can respond to a peer's request for support.

  • Learn how to build and manage your own Peer Support Team and develop applicable S.O.P.s or General Orders


Register for training

If you are interested in our peer support team training program or our independent classes please fill out the form below and one of our staff members will get back to you as soon as possible.

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