Pathway to Zen Temple Kyoto.

Its all about the journey of learning. Sometimes looking inward can be our greatest challenge. With the goal of looking inward, both personally and organizationally, I’ve been working with Portland Community College to develop a new college course. After several years of research, experimental delivery and planning, we are launching our new class: Leading Police Resilience.

The class explores the concept of resilience as it relates to the individual, the organization and the community. We’ll look at contemporary research and findings in social psychology, neuroscience and other disciplines that are relevant to developing strategies for personal resilience. We look at trending psychological concepts such as Positivity. We spend time visiting with lessons learned and what’s working within our military services on wellness, resilience and recovering from trauma. Then we’ll consider leadership and management of others in our police organization. We will investigate the human impact of traditional management practices as we design alternative options for leading others. We take a systems look at policing in America and how the American Policing Institution (API) creates processes that might shift the cost of police work from the organization to the individual officer(s). The course looks at culture as a driving force of occupational stress and the human costs associated with it. We seek to both honor our past and build practical plans for each of us to lead our organizational culture forward into the 21st Century. Finally, we look at the impact of police occupational stress on our communities and discuss community building from the lens of officer and organizational resilience. We begin to lead positive change, from ourselves to others, one manageable step at a time.

I’m working on college approval to deliver this class entirely online in early 2014. I hope to deliver the course in a hybrid (classroom and online) model for Portland Metro area LE professionals as well. This fall, we’ll be delivering the class on the ground…if I’m successful at recruiting the most challenging students possible: police professionals.

This isn’t a course about what I think; its a journey, much like the photo of Zen Temple Kyoto’s walkway suggests. My goal is to create dialogue, critical thinking, strategic planning, and personal and professional growth. Simple, right?

Always willing to talk with those interested in this topic. This blog is a great place for discussion, please join!

Lead forward.

Components of Resilience.

Components of Resilience.

About Richard Goerling
Thank you for visiting my blog! My goal is to create a place that allows us to learn from each other, support our first responders, and, perhaps, find ways to facilitate human sustainability and cultural evolution in public safety. My expertise is in policing, yet we share similar occupational stressors, experiences, cultural attitudes and behaviors with our friends and colleagues in the fire service, at the dispatch centers, and in the field and emergency departments with our medics, nurses and doctors. Trauma bonds us. It goes without saying that all of this is relevant for our brothers and sisters serving in the military. I've learned most of what I know about stress management from these great warriors. Let us learn from each other. This blog will explore that trauma bond. We'll look at the work of authors, professors, journalists, and other subject matter experts in diverse disciplines in an effort to improve the resilience (wellness, health, attitude, motivation, etc.) of our first responders. Join us here in the dialogue and let's work together to make a difference, one conversation at a time. Peace.

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