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Leading Into Wellness

Leading Into Wellness

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The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to announce that it will host “Leading Into Wellness”.

In the realm of law enforcement, the absence of trust can breed a culture where officers hesitate to exhibit their authentic selves. This hesitancy leads to the adoption of negative coping mechanisms to mask underlying mental wellness issues, often culminating in tragic outcomes like increased suicides. At the heart of this narrative lie the leaders within law enforcement, whose actions and guidance play a pivotal role in shaping the levels of trust and the degree of officer engagement in mental wellness initiatives. These leaders hold the power to educate and shape their teams.

This course highlights the profound importance of leadership in mental wellness programs within the dynamic world of law enforcement. It advocates for leaders to take the forefront in transforming the way they facilitate training and influence the mental well-being of their teams.


  • Recognize the leadership pitfalls of poor communication.

  • Learn practical strategies on how leaders can create an environment of trust.

  • Develop a comprehensive three-part system to empower officers in wellness programs.

Who Should Attend?

This training will benefit any first responder or leader (both formal and informal), who needs to understand the importance of leadership in mental wellness programs.   

Partial In-service Credit

Partial In-service Credit for law enforcement officers is available.

Training Time and Details

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Training begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. 

Travel, Lodging, and Meals

Participants are responsible for their transportation, meals, and lodging arrangements and related expenses.  

Cost and Registration

There is no registration fee to attend this training. 

Pre-registration is required. 

Please note that the DCJS registration system does not have the capacity to sort eligible from ineligible registrants. Therefore, anyone who registers will receive a confirmation. It is the responsibility of the DCJS assigned course director to review the roster and make a final determination on acceptance into the course. Registrants not accepted will be notified via the email address provided during registration. 


For More Information, Contact:

Ron Coombs
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