Public Safety Professionals Retreat


The Public Safety Professionals Retreat (PSPR),or ProSPeR, is a six-day intensive outpatient retreat that provides emergency responders the opportunity to learn and practice new coping skills while improving personal and professional relationships.  PSPR focuses on using prevention and early-intervention models to effectively address issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbances, and other stress- and trauma-related symptoms.  The goal of ProSPeR is to enable professionals in public safety roles to restore and resume work or retirement in a positive, productive manner and avoid negative outcomes such as family dissolution, chemical dependence, or suicide.

At PSPR, the essential elements of developing peer support systems and understanding mental health are conducted by specially trained peers, chaplains, and clinical professionals.  Each day encompasses a motivational theme that is reinforced by practicing specific skills and activity engagement designed to strengthen a guest's trust and reestablish confidence.  Various new stress relief outlets are introduced and encouraged at ProSPeR such as horseback riding, swimming, fishing, hiking, yoga, and creative arts.   

At the end of the week, guests of the Public Safety Professionals Retreat have learned and practiced new life skills, gained friends and confidants who understand the issues (personal and professional) related to being an emergency responder, and have established trusted lifelines for continuing support.



To provide a confidential and secure facility for stress- and trauma related healing and education for those professionally committed to, or retired from, law enforcement, firefighting, and other public safety and emergency response roles in their communities.



The term *Public Safety Professional* refers to a person working in an emergency responder career that commonly encounter critical incidents and crisis situations.  The positions include, but are not limited to:  law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, dispatchers, corrections officers, and all front-line, first-responding personnel for whom the repercussions of the career are impeding their professional work, intimate relationships, and personal well-being.  To be able to provide the most effective and individual experience, each Public Safety Professionals Retreat is limited to only six (6) guests per session.



The Public Safety Professionals Retreat is confidentially hosted at a peaceful and secluded working ranch in Kern County, California, USA.