Elizabeth Dansie is Owner and Director of The Psychological Services Group located in Concord, California. She has provided a variety of psychological support services to numerous law enforcement and fire agencies since 1989. Beth holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from St. Mary’s College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University. She is a certified trainer with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, a United Nations Chartered organization whose focus is on emergency services stress. She is a frequent trainer with the California Highway Patrol and holds Diplomat status with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
Elizabeth is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in Critical Incident Trauma and Stress Management and teaches at local, state and national levels on subjects regarding Resiliency, Critical Incident Stress, Peer Support, Emergency Services Psychology, Line of Duty Death, and many others. She authored and developed the “Not One More” program of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention for the California Highway Patrol, as well as a course in first responder resilience titled “Kevlar For the Mind”. Members of the CHP Peer Support Team presented these training programs throughout California. In addition, she has provided thousands of hours of counseling services to emergency services personnel and their family members.
Beth has responded to several hundred critical incidents involving emergency services professionals. Her services were also used during the Loma Prieta and Northridge Earthquakes, the Concord Waterworld Slide Collapse, and the World Trade Center Attacks of 2001. She is an expert in Law Enforcement Line of Duty Death response protocols and served on the P.O.S.T. committee establishing a statewide response protocol for such events.
Beth teaches Critical Incident Stress Management Courses in Basic and Advanced Critical Incident Intervention and Peer Support as an authorized trainer of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She serves as an organizational consultant to numerous law enforcement and fire agencies throughout California. Some of the agencies that have utilized Beth’s services include the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, United States Marshal’s Office, San Rafael and San Ramon Fire Departments, and the police departments of Walnut Creek, Concord, Martinez, Fremont and Lodi among many others.
The Psychological Services Group grew from an informal association of therapists specially trained and committed to serving individuals within the first responder community. From an initial demand for critical incident debriefings, services offered grew to include organizational consultation, peer support program training and supervision, counseling to law enforcement personnel and their spouses, and advanced officer trainings. It is widely accepted that the longer a problem exists the harder it is to solve. She is a recognized expert in suicide prevention and response protocols among first responders and served on the P.O.S.T. committee establishing a statewide response protocol for both suicide prevention and line of duty death response.