Kansas Peace Officers Association

P.O. Box 2592, Wichita, KS 67201
(316) 722-8433  |  kpoa@kpoa.org

"Co-operation and Justice"

Peer Support & Critical Incident Debrief Training

  • 08/05/2024
  • 8:00 AM
  • 08/09/2024
  • 5:00 PM
  • KLETC Training Center, 2101 E 13th St, Hays, Kansas


Peer Support is a means for a department to show support to their employees, offering them opportunities to care for themselves and their families. Peer Support helps those, who without it, might turn to substances, illegal activity, poor performance, seeking a different career, mental health issues and even suicide.

Peer Support is an informal, private opportunity, for someone to speak to a peer, to assist with any issues the First Responder may be having difficulty. It helps clarify concerns and explore available resources. Peer Support is preventative maintenance.

This training will equip First Responders, Chaplains and Mental Health Professionals with listening skills to recognize, help to prevent and understand the effects of stress and refer to outside resources, if needed.  Following this training, the Peer will be able to provide these services at their agency as well as assist and lead groups following critical incidents.

Who should attend?

  • Police, Fire, Dispatchers, Paramedics, Chaplains, Mental Health, and Professionals that work with First Responders


Instructor Team

Pat Hinkle, MA, LCPC, LCMFT, founder of Hinkle & Associates, brings a distinctive background to his work as a trained counselor and therapist. Drawing from experiences gained throughout his three-year deployment in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, and as a former Captain during his a 28-year career with the Lenexa, Kansas Police Department, Pat finds a natural connection with people confronting trauma, crisis situations and challenging life events.

As both a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist the past seven years, Pat’s practice is built on providing confidential and supportive therapy techniques. His background is extensive, including a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a long-time instructor at Johnson County Regional Police Academy. In addition, he has clinical counseling experience at the Kansas City Salvation Army’s adult rehabilitation clinic, and Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s emergency room and in-patient mental health unit.

Pat ’s work and leadership have been honored through various awards and appointments. These include a Bronze Medal of Valor from Kansas City Crime Commission/KMBC TV 9 in 1992, and positions on the National Alliance for Mental Illness Board of Directors (Johnson County, KS affiliate) and the Kansas Law Enforcement Council-Crisis Intervention Team. Pat has been featured in television appearances including 60 Minutes, The Paula Zahn Show, featured documentaries, and published interviews, sharing his insights on notorious criminal cases and related issues. He also is an active member of numerous government, professional and civic organizations at the local and state level.

Rachel N. Murdock, MS, LPC (MO), LCPC (KS) Beyond the Storm Behavioral Health, LLC Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Kansas and board approved supervisor for provisionally licensed counselors in both states. Her practice specializes in mental health counseling for first responders, individuals experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress, and survivors of abuse. Her passion for first responder mental health came from her experience working crimes against children for the FBI in the Victim Services Division, Child Victim Services Unit, where she served as a Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer and supervisor for the same unit for a total of just over ten years before resigning in January 2023.

During her sixteen-year career as a forensic interviewer at the state and federal level, Rachel conducted almost 3,000 forensic interviews of alleged victims of/or witnesses.

Rachel is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology with Missouri State University and Southern New Hampshire University.

Jeff Bragg – Retired Olathe Police Department, former OPD Peer Support Coordinator, FRST Midwest Ed Chair Jeff served the Police Department for 30 years. He retired as a Major at OPD as the division commander of the personnel and training units. He was an original member of the Peer Support Program at OPD in 2007 and rose to be the coordinator until his retirement. Jeff was instrumental in creating the FRST Midwest organization and continues to serve as the educational chair of the organization.

Rob Hole retired from the Lenexa Fire Department in September of 2021 as a Fire Apparatus Operator. He has 25+ years of service with the Merriam Fire Department, Independence, MOFD, Kansas City, KS FD, and then his last 18 years with the Lenexa FD. Rob led the start of the Lenexa FD Peer Support team in 2015 and remained the coordinator of that team until retirement. He currently serves as a retired member of the LFD Peer Support team, the Johnson County CISM team, and frequently provides education for Peer Support Providers in the metro and beyond. Rob has had multiple battles with clinical depression which brings great compassion and empathy to his teaching.


KLETC training center
2101 E 13th St
Hays, Ks 67601

Dates:  August 5-9, 2024  8AM to 5PM


FRST Midwest/Jeff Bragg


Cost is $425 per student

Cancellation policy on website.

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