HEART 9/11 has been partnering with Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH developing a first responder wellness program. HEART 9/11 members from Bridgeport, Newtown, and Danbury, CT Police Departments attended the BHI annual conference October 25-27, 2018. This year’s course focused on the latest research into the links between mind/brain and body and how the human being functions as a unit and is named in honor of Herbert Benson, MD, renowned mind-body pioneer and founder of the institute. HEART 9/11 BHI conference attendance was funded by the Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation.

Pictured left to right: Amity Lafantano – Danbury, CT PD, Scott Ruszczyk – Newtown, CT PD, Herbert Benson, MD – Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI), and Mind-Body Medicine Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Roger Sherman Ph.D., Rebeca Garcia – Bridgeport, CT PD

Train-The-Trainer Program – Includes an 8-week HEART 9/11 SMART Program for First Responders, 2 days (16 hours) implementation course delivered by a Harvard Benson-Henry Institute instructor, a virtual Harvard University psychology academy 1 college credit course • Upon completion of all phases trainers can deliver the program to their department members and may be asked by HEART 9/11 to train other officers • Trainee and instructor manual will be provided