© 2017 PTSD Awareness, Intervention, Resolution (Pair) Training

© 2017 PTSD Awareness, Intervention & Resolution (PAIR) training

Our training program was approved by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission in February 2015 and copyrighted on September 22, 2016.  Since March 6, 2015, we have trained 2,076 law enforcement, first responders, faith-based communities, junior ROTC cadets, crisis negotiators, veterans court mentors, dispatchers, veterans court team members, hospice/home care and motor cycle and tattoo communities.
PAIR is a free training program provided by the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council (Council) and taught by Vet to Vet Tennessee certified volunteer PAIR instructors.  Free PAIR instructor training is available to eligible candidates.

council-v2v-logo-htmlOur PAIR training is normally three (3) hours.  We have also developed an 6-8 hour course which includes role playing.    Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) has developed a suicide prevention program for veterans, first responders and other communities in October 2015. 

The Council has approved a new PAIR PLUS training which now includes the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide training; PAIR PLUS curriculum is four (4) hours.  PAIR & QPR Gatekeeper certificates are provided by the Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee.

If your law enforcement, veteran service organizations, veterans court team members, faith-based ccongregations or Junior ROTC are interested in the training, please contact Chairman Ed Junod or Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) President Freddie Owens
by completing the form below or by calling us at 865-336-2624.

We developed a Veteran PTSD Law Enforcement training program in Blount and Union Counties; a total of 255 Sheriff Office law enforcement personnel completed our training in June 2014.  Captain Burchfield contacted a member of our East Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court Committee requesting training for the road officer of the Blount County Sheriff's Office (BCSO). 

At the end of the panel discussion, KCSO agreed to accept our Veteran PTSD/TBI law enforcement training program as part of their annual mandatory training requirements.  Beginning March 6, 2015 our committee will provide the training program for 8 weeks.  The class size will range from 50-100 attendees.  Through lecture and class participation, the attendees will be able to recognize presenting symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and respond appropriately.

Captain Anderson suggested we include staff of the KCSO correction department.  The committee  agreed with Captain Anderson agreed and will  provide a specific training for KCSO correction personnel.

The Council provides the training for free!  We coordinated with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, The Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission,  the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, the Knox County Veterans Service Office, Knox County VTC, the TN Director of Recovery & Resiliency and the Phoenix Arizona VTC in order to expand our training program throughout TN.


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