Interaction with the Mentally Ill

Interaction with the Mentally Ill

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05-24-18 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614

CENTRAL ILLINOIS POLICE TRAINING CENTER

Michael J. Oyer, Director
Illinois Central College-North Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan: jswan@icc.edu
Heather Grove: hgrove@icc.edu

Interaction with the Mentally Ill

Instructor: Gail Sullivan, MA

May 24, 2018
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: May 17, 2018
Course Size:  Minimum – 15 Maximum – 60

Course Objective

This full day program has been designed by a Criminal Justice professional with the purpose of addressing the issues related to law enforcement offices and their interactions with citizens who are mentally ill.

Course Content

Police officers must be fully prepared to interact with the mentally ill population in a competent manner. Often mentally ill citizens come in contact with the police due to their behaviors or to the reaction of others to them.  They may require specialized treatment from law enforcement. Police officers are often asked to fulfill various roles with the mentally ill.  Mentally ill people can be either victims or offenders. This complicated relationship requires specialized skills on the part of law enforcement

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to train law enforcement officers in understanding the complex interactions that are caused by interacting with mentally ill citizens both as offenders and victims. In order to achieve that goal, focus will be specifically placed upon:

  • Review of major psychological impairments
  • Recognition of characteristics of mentally ill people
  • Understanding of current mental health practices
  • Understanding attitudes towards mentally ill people
  • Strategic verbalizations to lower anxiety in mentally ill people
  • Review of Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Discussion of crisis behavior and the mentally ill
  • Common mistakes made while dealing with the mentally ill
  • Approach techniques for mentally ill people
  • Techniques for reducing stress with mentally ill people
  • General commands in American Sign Language
Learning Objectives for Course

The goal of this course is to train law enforcement officers in understanding the complex interactions that are caused by interacting with mentally ill citizens both as offenders and victims. In order to achieve that goal, focus will be specifically placed upon:

  • To be able to recognize mentally ill citizens
  • To be able to de-escalate mentally ill people
  • To ensure personal safety when dealing with the mentally ill
  • To avoid common mistakes when dealing with the mentally ill
Course Certification Information
MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been  approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Meets mandatory guidelines set for the following: Civil Rights, Human Rights, Constitutional and Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority and Procedural Justice