June 6, 2016 - Hospital Security Officer Resiliency Workshop
Presented By: Lt. Richard Goerling
Hosted By: IAHSS Boston & Newton-Wellesley Hospital  

The job of a hospital security/police officer can be quite stressful- restraints, angry patients and family members, and regular exposure to traumatic events.  However, these officers are often left to their own capacity to cope with the internal and external stressors of the job.  

When a security department and its officers invest in officer resilience, the positive impacts are enormous and consistent with the department’s goals of excellence in service and community building within the hospital. Officers who are well will provide better services; officers who are resilient will sustain wellness through acute and chronic trauma.

During this workshop which is open to all hospital security staff regardless of rank, participants will gain practical skills in resiliency and a deeper understanding of the new science of stress. Explore why stress management tactics may not work and how mindset and mind fitness deeply impact physical fitness, social and emotional fitness, and performance under stress.

With a focus on mindfulness skill building to enhance self-awareness, attunement to others, compassion, wisdom and peak performance, attendees will learn skills that can be translated to their personal and professional life. This training model provides hospital security/police officers with the resources to take on the occupational stressors and trauma of the job and learn to thrive.
Topics covered during this five hour training will include:

  • Warrior Ethos in health care: integrating humanity and operational readiness.
  • Leadership: leadership of self first through cultivating emotional & social intelligence.
  • Community building inside the healthcare system: how mindfulness helps to integrate and collaborate with other teams & systems within a larger organization.
  • The new science of stress and resiliency: how mindset and relationship influence our health and performance outcomes for individuals, teams and organizations.
  • Resiliency framework: science, culture and organizational leadership.
  • Mindfulness: skills training for awareness, compassion & greater cognitive performance.

Monday, June 6, 2016: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Shipley Auditorium
2nd Floor (Near Cafeteria)
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02462
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Lt. Richard Goerling

Richard has served in civilian law enforcement for twenty years. He’s held both federal and municipal level positions and has served as a criminal investigator, patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, detective lieutenant, and currently serves as a patrol lieutenant in Hillsboro, Oregon. Over the last decade, Richard has spearheaded the introduction of mindfulness training into policing in the United States as part of a cultural shift toward a preventative, resiliency model of hand-heart-mind fitness. Richard has trained across the nation on this topic and continues to be a thought leader in the arena of police officer resilience.

Richard has built innovative partnerships with academia and the private sector that fuel and facilitate positive cultural change for policing in America. He serves as an affiliate associate professor at Pacific University in his work with the Institute.

Richard has served as a member of the United States Coast Guard for 27 years, both active and reserve, and retired in 2015 at the rank of Commander while assigned to Coast Guard Sector Charleston, SC.  His early active-duty tours include serving as a deck watch officer and law enforcement officer aboard a high endurance cutter, and as an instructor at the Coast Guard’s maritime law enforcement academy.  He left active-duty to pursue a civilian police career. After September 11, 2001 he was recalled to active-duty for two years serving as an intelligence officer. He had the privilege of serving as a strategic planner during the nation’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill within the National Incident Command at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.

He holds an adjunct faculty position at Portland Community College teaching in the Criminal Justice program. There he developed groundbreaking curriculum in a course taught both on the ground and online titled Leading Police Resilience. Richard also serves as guest faculty for the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. Additionally, Richard serves as an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Pacific University, School of Professional Psychology. 

Richard has earned an undergraduate degree in Economics and a graduate degree in Business Administration. He recently completed a mindfulness training program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Richard facilitates a blog at leadingresilience.org and has written for various publications. He is an avid swimmer and meditator, and a content introvert that enjoys time with his family to recharge. 

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