Seminar Title

Online - The Importance of Having a Peer Support Program for Your Department

Dates of Events

07/15/2021 through 07/15/2021

Last Updated: 06/10/2021
Instructor(s): Mark Lowther
Course Registration Fee: $125
Instructor Bio
Mark Lowther is a US Marine Corps veteran. Lt. Lowther has 30 years in public safety. Mark is dual POST certified in Utah as a correctional officer, and a Law Enforcement officer having served most of his career in enforcement.
His background is varied and diverse. He has served as a SWAT hostage negotiator for a major portion of his career. His background and experience come from serving on two Metro SWAT teams. Lt. Lowther has experience on all levels of negotiations from tech to negotiation team leader. He has personally been involved in numerous threatened suicide and SWAT negotiations including barricaded gunmen and hostage incidents. Lt. Lowther also served 10 years as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer, instructor, and training coordinator.
Lt. Lowther has spent a major portion of his career in assignments involving crisis negotiation, suicide intervention, verbal de-escalation, peer support, Autism awareness, and mental illness. He has instructed law enforcement locally, nationally, and internationally on those topics. In addition to his law enforcement training, he has received specialized training in crisis counseling and Psychological First Aid. He currently volunteers working a crisis hotline.
Lt. Lowther was named by the Utah Tactical Officers Association as the 2012 Crisis Negotiator of the year. Some of his experiences in SWAT negotiations are featured in the book “Crisis Cops 2”.
Lt. Lowther served as part of the Public Safety Law Enforcement Unit assigned to the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. He has also served on a federal task force as a sworn Special Deputy United States Marshal. Mark although retired from full time law enforcement, continues to serve part time in law enforcement with multiple agencies.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Date: July 15, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am (Eastern Time)

Peer support is a rewarding experience. Officers get to share the tools, skills, and information they have learned to transform their own life with other officers going through similar struggles. Not only can they contribute to the lives of others, but they can also improve their own recovery and well-being in the process.

As more agencies learn about the impact of peer support, they are adapting a peer support program. The cost of training and man-hours are usually offset by the potential of retaining experienced officers, reduction in sick leave used and overall well being of their department. The growth of peer support has the potential to radically transform the ways departments support people and maintain one of their most valuable assets...good experienced officers.
Learn more about how to start a peer support program.

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive an E-mail 2 days prior to the event that will include a link to join the training. Your registration for this online training will give you access to the live sessions, as well as 30 days of access to the recorded version of the training once the live session has ended.
Group Viewing Encouraged: Multiple attendees can view the training from one single location and each attendee can receive a certificate.