WHAT WE DO
Stand Fast Alliance identified a need for resiliency training to help first responders, military personnel and families optimize performance and deal with occupational stress. Through our educational workshops and peer coaching programs we seek to make resiliency training accessible to this community.
WHAT IS Resiliency Training?
Resiliency is the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt to change, stress or adversity. Resilient individuals are better able to operate from a place of optimal performance. First responders and military personnel are exposed to an additional layer of challenges due to their occupations. Family members may also be directly and indirectly affected by these occupational challenges.
There are many ways to increase resiliency. One way is through HRV (Heart Rate Variability) training. HRV training is a science based tool used by military special operations, first responders and medical personnel to promote optimal health and performance. A simple ear sensor allows a person to see into the body's physiological state. Self regulating tools are then taught to help all of the body systems to work together as coherently as possible. This coherent state sets a new baseline within the body which maximizes individual potential under stress.
STUDIES HAVE SHOWN RESILIENCY TRAINING INCREASES:
- Situational Awareness and Clarity
- Judgment Under Stress
- Reaction Time and Coordination
- Decrease Fatigue and Sleep Disturbance
Please see our Science of Biofeedback page for more information.
HOW WE DO IT
- Identify: We Consult with individuals or key leaders in organizations to identify their challenges and needs.
- Customize: SFA confers with peer coaches and members of the Biofeedback community to design a program for the individuals or organizations that meet their needs.
- Implement: We conduct training sessions through our educational workshops or peer coach programs to inform and train the client.
- Sustain: SFA provides tools and resources for individuals and organizations to become self-sufficient in resiliency training.
FDNY PILOT PROGRAM
Stand Fast Alliance is currently partnered with Friends of Firefighters on a pilot program called Peak Performance Coaching. The program will provide coaching sessions designed to boost mental performance and enhance decision making skills to improve their ability to maintain composure in challenging moments. Teaching firefighters to prep for situations, training them to use coherence in a challenge, and helping them to return to their baseline state more quickly is our goal.
PEER COACH PROGRAM
We are proud to announce that in 2016 we were able to provide scholarships for 4 HeartMath resiliency coaches within the first responder and military communities. Each sponsored peer coach receives an internationally recognized license as a Heartmath Resilience Advantage Coach. Upon completion, graduates of the program are certified to coach individuals and groups in biofeedback techniques and self-regulating tools to improve their resiliency. If you are a current or retired first responder, member of the armed forces, or family member and are interested in becoming a peer coach contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.