The HEART 9/11 Stress Management for First Responders Program began with a collaboration with Benson-Henry Institute at Harvard School of Medicine, MGH, on the SMART Program. The SMART Program was established to address first responders’ trauma, both acute and chronic. HEART 9/11 partnered with Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation to serve the Newtown Police Department with Dr. Steven Southwick, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. HEART 9/11 delivered the SMART Program to Connecticut Police Cadet Academies and has trained over 1,000 veteran police officers at annual police state re-certification programs.

The 8-week SMART Program includes:
• An In-depth analysis of the mind-body HEART 9/11 SMART Program for First Responders
• An 8-week module program appropriate for officers with chronic stress issues, burnout, allostatic load issues, or significantly acute incidents that are unmanageable
• Ideal for police cadet academy training
• Trainee manual will be provided

HEART 9/11 SMART Program for First Responders Training History

  • HEART 9/11 has trained Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) National Wellness Executives and anticipate their endorsement of the SMART Program for First Responders
  • HEART 9/11 is in conversation regarding the implementation of the SMART Program for First Responders Training with:
    NJ State Police Academy
    UMASS College training center for campus and surrounding area police departments
  • HEART 9/11 SMART Program for First Responders has been delivered to 75 Connecticut city police departments during Peer-to-Peer support programs
  • HEART 9/11 is currently training Yale University police personnel
  • HEART 9/11 SMART Program for First Responders has been certified by the Connecticut State Law Enforcement Training Commission
  • HEART 9/11 has trained over 1,000 Connecticut veteran police officers at annual police state re-certification programs
  • HEART 9/11 is currently conducting training sessions in CT police academies