AYS Twenty-Book Small Agency Curriculum Package

For small law enforcement agencies or study groups this police wellness discussion package is designed for ten people to examine and discuss topics around police wellness and resilience building. It’s perfect for police agencies with tight training budgets, small groups who want to study on their own, or even law enforcement academy classes. Buy multiple sets for larger groups or just purchase additional books.

This is a Do-It-Yourself package for academy classes, or small agencies that can’t afford more expensive training programs. This package includes 20 Armor Your Self: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement resilience building textbooks, plus a 148-page training curriculum that licenses your agency to facilitate the Armor Your Self basic training program in-house for your personnel.

The package includes a full, six-session, basic training curriculum PDF with six individual session lesson plans, a set of 80 PowerPoint slides for each lesson, activities and discussion questions, plus six of our ten-minute roll call/staff meeting discussion guides to reinforce the training topics with on-going activities.

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This package is intended to facilitate in-house discussion and development of a basic resilience program using the Armor Your Self textbook. This package includes 20 books, but additional books can be purchased directly from us. The course relies heavily on the book and it is recommended that every participant in the course have their own copy of the book.

NOTE: This curriculum is designed so that the leader of the group does not need to have any law enforcement training experience. The program is discussion based so the participants get most of their information from reading assignments in the AYS book, and only asks for a “facilitator” to lead the discussions.

The PDF Curriculum document, along with the PowerPoint slides and Participant Action Planning Packet, will be available for immediate download and the books will be shipped (The price includes FREE shipping).

This is a Do-It-Yourself Small Agency Wellness & Resilience Building Training Curriculum for agencies that can’t afford more expensive training but want to explore the Armor Your Self textbook more deeply.

The curriculum is a six lesson program that can be delivered in six weeks, six months or whatever timeline works with your people. This program covers the very basic concepts in the Armor Your Self book and is intended to be presented by anyone who has an interest in the material. We use the term Facilitator rather than Instructor because we believe that you don’t have to be an expert in this material, or even a departmental trainer, because the participants read the homework from the book and then discuss the issues in the classroom.

The six lessons are:
Lesson 1 – Why Wellness?
Lesson 2 – Armor Your Self Physically
Lesson 3 – Armor Your Self Mentally
Lesson 4 – Armor Your Self Emotionally
Lesson 5 – Armor Your Self Spiritually
Lesson 6 – Everything Else & What’s Next?

This package includes 20 Armor Your Self: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement resilience building textbooks, plus a 148-page curriculum with Lesson Plans, an 80-slide PowerPoint deck, a 24-page Personal Resilience Building Action Planning Packet for the participants, activities, quizzes and a final test. It also contains six Ten-Minute-Training session to support the curriculum that can be used before or after the curriculum is taught and can be facilitated in roll call or staff meetings.

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If you are looking for a more thorough Do-It-Yourself training program, please consider one of our Small Agency Curriculum Packages. (This price includes free shipping on the books).

Praise for Armor Your Self:
“Wow! Armor Your Self™ is a landmark, pioneering work, that belongs on every cop’s bookshelf. Get this book! Study this book! Apply this book! It will save careers, it will save marriages, and it will save lives! Relatives of police should give this book to “your” cop. Mental health and medical practitioners, counselors, psychologists and therapists should use this book as a part of your wellness and therapeutic plan for police officers. There is no other book like this available today. It is essential and irreplaceable. And a hearty “Well done!” to John Marx! These are hard times in law enforcement, and in our nation, and I believe John was put here “for just such a time as this.”
Dave Grossman
Lt. Col., USA (ret.)
Author of On Combat, On Killing, and Assassination Generation
“The book, Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement gives information and skills to the law enforcement professional to not only survive their career, but also to stop transferring unresolved emotional issues into inappropriate police conduct. An important contribution to the law enforcement field.”
Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph.D.
Police Psychologist, Behavioral Sciences and Management Consultant
Author of Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement
“If a book is weighed on the basis of how useful it is, Armor Your Self™ weighs a ton! Step by practical step, it coaches you on how to build the life-saving skill of resilience, the most critical quality for surviving the physical, mental, and emotional perils of a law enforcement career. A perfect gift for new recruits, an invaluable Rx for veteran officers who already are under siege from the many threats and stresses of the Job.”
Charles Remsberg
Author, the Street Survival book series
“Armor Your Self™” is one of those rare resources that is truly an encyclopedia for a successful law enforcement career. From physical fitness to tactical exercises to emotional well-being, John Marx has put together a book for every cadet, rookie, trainer, administrator and senior member of every police department in North America. It should be on the shelf of every law enforcement agency and academy library and must be shared with anyone who has a cop in the family. It’s one of those books that, after reading, we looked at each other and said “Why didn’t we write this?” Thankfully, John Marx did.
Dave and Betsy Smith
Law Enforcement Trainers and Authors
“What are you willing to do to save a life? What about your own life? This comprehensive manual tells you how to find your way through the minefield of mental, emotional and spiritual assaults you experience in police work. Armor Your Self™ teaches you that overwhelming stress, burnout, PTSD and despair can be prevented or managed. The exercises and tactics in this book prepare you to survive, thrive, and enjoy your work and life. It’s one of the best books for personal survival you will ever read.”
Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR
Author of CopShock, Second Edition: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
“Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement is the most comprehensive, effective book of its kind I’ve ever seen. It addresses the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and ethical aspects of a career in law enforcement and of the people who wear the badge, and the insights and techniques it provides will save lives, careers, and marriages. Get yourself a copy right away. And that cop you know, the one who is tired, angry, and demoralized? Order one for him / her, too.”
Cary A. Friedman
Author, Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement
“Armor Your Self™: How to survive a career in law enforcement is a must have for anyone working in or with law enforcement! This is one of the best overall compilations of resources, guidance and techniques for those who navigate the high-stress, high-performance world of police work. Whether you’re an officer, family member or professional support staff, this resource will make you better at what you do!”
CDR Eric G. Potterat, Ph.D., USN (Retired)
Clinical and Performance Psychologist
Former Head Psychologist for the US Navy SEALs
“Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement is an essential read for all law enforcement officers. John Marx is an experienced veteran police officer who provides practical and comprehensive information necessary for career-long officer-wellness. It is equally significant to spouses of officers and others that have an interest in the challenges confronted by modern day law enforcement officers.”
Jack. A. Digliani, PhD, EdD
Police Psychologist