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Trainings We Offer

For more information, or to schedule a training, contact us.

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

 Training Model is a solution-focused community response to develop solutions for safely re-directing people in crisis away from the criminal justice system and into the health care system whenever appropriate.

This course comprises 6 key themes: understanding behavioral health; developing empathy; navigating community resources; de-escalation skills & practical application; and officer wellness & resiliency. These themes can be captured and presented in several distinct modules depending on the composition of a given community and the resources therein. The modules are arranged methodically to create a progressive learning experience. Students participate in realistic well-scripted scenarios to provide the opportunity to practice new skills. 

Specialized CIT training is available for telecommunications, corrections, and advanced crisis intervention.

CIT for Telecommunications – A 2 day Crisis Intervention Team training curriculum specific to the work done by Telecommunicators and Dispatchers.  

CIT for Corrections – A 40 hour Crisis Intervention Team training with a curriculum specific to the work and issues involved with working in a corrections setting.  

Time: 40 hours

Audience: First Responders, Behavioral Health Professionals

Hearing Voices provides an opportunity for participants to experience distressing sounds and voices through a headset. The goal of this training is to gain a better understanding of and empathy for people with lived experience of auditory hallucinations.

This training was created by Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D., an independent consultant, who specializes in researching and lecturing on the topics of recovery and empowerment of people with mental health conditions.

Time: 2 hours

Audience: Behavioral Health Professionals, Criminal Justice Professionals, and Medical Professionals

How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Judicial Decision Making is designed to provide a greater understanding on what trauma is, how it manifests itself in the lives of people who are justice involved, as well as how vicarious trauma impacts court professionals.

Understanding trauma increases the ability to strategically intervene in the lives of the justice involved and thereby decreases recidivism rates over time.

The training was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Gains Center and Policy Research Associates (PRA).

Time: 3 hours

Audience: Court Professionals

Law Enforcement 101 is a facilitated training for behavioral health professionals who work closely with patrol officers, correctional officers and parole and probation officers. This training is focused to provide a greater understanding of law enforcement culture and help define the roles of law enforcement and behavioral health during crisis calls and interactions.

The training was created in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

Time: 4 hours

Audience: Behavioral Health Professionals who partner with law enforcement

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Public Safety is a skills-based training course that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to individuals experiencing symptoms of mental health conditions and/or substance use issues. This training can be provided virtually or in person.

For more information on MHFA, please visit their website at

Time: 8 hours

Audience: First Responders

The Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) Workshop is an interactive tool used in communities for developing criminal justice and behavioral health partnerships to assess gaps, resources, and priorities for change throughout the continuum of the system.

The mapping exercise aims to identify potential opportunities for diversion/deflection or alternative justice and behavioral health interventions. Strategic planning time is built into the workshop and a report is provided to help facilitate local short and long term planning.

The Center is available to support continuous improvement efforts by providing technical assistance and follow up mapping. Examples of completed SIM maps are available on our website.

Format: OCBHJI is able to provide this training in a virtual, in-person, or hybrid format.

Audience: All community stakeholders involved with the criminal justice and the behavioral health systems.

How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses


Trauma-informed care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma can play in people’s lives. Trauma-informed criminal justice responses increase safety for all, decrease the chance of an individual returning to criminal behavior, and support the recovery of justice-involved individuals experiencing serious mental health conditions. Partnerships across systems can also help link individuals to trauma-informed services and treatment.


The training was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Gains Center and Policy Research Associates (PRA).

Time: 4 hours without system improvement planning, 8 hours with system improvement planning.

Audience: All professionals working in the criminal justice system. 

Crisis Intervention Team
Hearing Voices
Trauma-Informed/Judicial Decision Making
Law Enforcement 101
Mental Health First Aid
Sequential Intercept Mapping
Trauma-Informed/Criminal Justice
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