Courses and Curriculum
Core Curriculum
The following topics are presented during the 40-hour Officer Training. All are presented from the perspective of a law enforcement environment:
Introduction to CIT and Officer Safety
Affective Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Developmental Disabilities
Personality Disorders
Adolescent Issues
Suicide Issues and Intervention
Suicide by Cop
Psychopharmacology (Medications)
Mental Health Law
Introduction to the Basic Model
Consumer Perspectives
Family Perspectives
Community Resources
Policies & Procedures
Less Lethal Techniques
Experiential Learning is critical to CIT Training. The following classes involve experiential learning through role-play scenarios. These are real life situations in which the student must use what has been taught to work through the situation and solve the scenario in the best manner possible. Every student will participate in three scenarios - a Basic, a Moderate, and an Advanced.
Verbal Techniques with Basic Practicum
De-Escalation Strategies and Advanced Verbal Techniques with Moderate Practicum
Complex De-Escalation Strategies with Advanced Practicum
Another core component of our CIT Training is the site visits. For one entire day, we visit different sites and meet with persons with mental illnesses or other possible crises. The students interact with these persons, asking and answering questions in a group setting. The following are our core site visits:
Behavioral Medicine and Addictive Disorders, Dr. Mitchell Young, PTSD, Substance Abuse
Harmony House, Monroe Area Guidance Center, Brenda Fleming, Psychoses, Affective Disorders, Residential Programs
Peer Support Center, formerly known as the Monroe Resource Center, Kaye McKnight, Drop In Center
Louisiana State University E. A. Conway Hospital, Emergency Room, Lisa Griffin, Emergency Room Observation Area and Procedures
Our instructors are experts in their fields. They do not present the information from a textbook framework only. They teach with a law enforcement perspective in mind. They emphasize the real world situations and implications. The following are our core instructors and the agencies that they represent:
Detective Mark Johnson, Monroe Police Department, CIT Co-Coordinator
Dr. Mkay Bonner, Bonner Solutions & Services, APC, CIT Co-Coordinator
Dr. Larry Baum, Northeast Delta CIT Task Force, NAMI
Dr. Lance Nickelson, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Mr. Mark DeBord, Office of Mental Health
Ms. Kitty Kervin, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Ms. Jamie Archibald, E. H. Baker, Ph.D. and Associates
Mr. Chuck Archibald, Northeast Delta CIT Task Force
Mr. Chris Stone, Volunteers of America
Mr. Darrell Oliveaux, Attorney at Law
Ms. Jan Wawryzniak, United Way 211
Mr. Ben Shockley, Liberty Behavioral Hospital
Ms. Suzanne Hatcher, Office of Mental Health
Ms. Kay Ashley, Office of Mental Health
Officer Marie Knight, West Monroe Police Department
Corporal Chuck Johnson, Monroe Police Department
Detective Mike Fendall, Monroe Police Department
Corporal Tobyn Berry, Monroe Police Department
Corporal Jerry Melton, Monroe Police Department
Deputy Lucille Kennedy, Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office
Deputy Lee Cleveland, Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office
Deputy Scott Culp, Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office
Deputy Chris Balsamo, Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office
Deputy Rebecca Wallace, Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office
Dr. James Arey, New Orleans Police Department
SPEAKER REQUEST Please contact us if you are in need of a speaker for your civic group or organization. We will be more than happy to speak to your group about Crisis Intervention Team Training, the Northeast Delta CIT, and mental illness awareness and education. We will tailor the program to your needs and available time. You may contact us by phone or by email on our contact page.