Training Classes

40-Hour CIT Certification Class

CIT certification class; 5 full days; Intense and interactive. POST Approved.

This course gives an in-depth look at mental illness and its implications for law enforcement. We cover: schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, mood disorders, cognitive disorders, personality and substance disorders, suicide assessment, adolescent and elder issues, PTSD, excited delirium, suicide by cop, and mental health courts. Advocates and consumers of mental health services speak on their experiences. There will also be a panel of providers for a panel discussion as well as extensive role-play exercises featuring professional actors.

Mental Health Awareness Class; 1 full day; POST approved

This 8-hour class is helpful to understanding the basics of mental illness. The class will cover an overview of mental illness: schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, mood disorders, cognitive disorders, personality and substance disorders. We will look at the causes and nature of the illnesses, typical patterns of behaviors, common medications, and guidelines for officer response. We provide information on de-escalation methods in the class and we also do role-playing with professional actors. Additionally, class participants will meet and hear from a panel of people living with mental illness.

Mental Health Awareness Class

Mental Health Awareness Class with Refresher

Mental Health Awareness Class with Refresher; 1 full day; POST approved

This 8-hour class is helpful to understanding the basics of mental illness. The class will cover an overview of mental illness: schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, mood disorders, cognitive disorders, personality and substance disorders. We will look at the causes and nature of the illnesses, typical patterns of behaviors, common medications, and guidelines for officer response. We provide information on de-escalation methods in the class and we also do role-playing with professional actors. Additionally, class participants will meet and hear from a panel of people living with mental illness.

This class will serve as a refresher course for those who have completed the 40 Hour CIT Certification Class.  

Bias and Cultural Awareness Classs, 1 full day, POST approved

This 8-hour class will be helpful to understanding prejudices in society and a review of how bias is formed, maintained and changed. The class will also provide an awareness of the differences in cultures for the first responder.  Information will be provided to help understand these differences and how to avoid misunderstandings to improve communication.
This class is for all first responders.

8-Hour Coaches Class

Coaches Class, 1 full day, pre-requisite must have completed the MN CIT 40-Hour Certificate Class

The 8-Hour Coaches Class is required for anyone wanting to be a Coach for MN CIT.  This class teaches participants the techniques and skills to be able to successfully coach a group of students during the class scenarios.