UCF RESTORES offers a peer support training program called REACT: “Recognize. Evaluate. Advocate. Coordinate. Track.” The course is designed specifically for the first responder community to introduce, improve and strengthen peer support skills among firefighters, EMS personnel and law enforcement officers. Through this program, first responders learn how to recognize “stress injuries” and evaluate the mental health of their peers, offer peer-level support and effectively coordinate necessary follow-up in the event professional intervention is warranted.

REACT provides all participants with mastery experiences, designed to give them challenges at which they can succeed, bolstering confidence in their ability to provide effective support to their peers. Course material is presented in a manner that places occupational principles and skills unique to first responders within the framework of peer support.

What will participants learn?

Following completion of the REACT training course, participants will be able to understand and implement principles of peer support as they relate to:

  • Recognizing different stress injuries common among first responders.
  • Evaluating the presence of a stress injury in a peer.
  • Advocating for appropriate resources to be provided to a peer.
  • Coordinating higher levels of care for the peer.
  • Tracking a peer’s progress over time.

For more information on UCF RESTORES’ REACT training program and how you can bring the course to your station, please contact our team at (407) 823-3910 or email UCF RESTORES  Fire and EMS Outreach Coordinator Kim Neisler at Kimberly.Neisler@ucf.edu.