STRONGMIND RESILIENCY TRAINING
Our peer support courses are excellent at improving confidence, understanding and helping managers to better organise their responses to critical events and staff who may be involved in them.
We know that people who are struggling with their mental health after challenging events are often reluctant to seek professional help. We train their colleagues to recognise the risk factors and signs of developing mental health problems so that those who need medical assistance can get it at an early stage.
We have delivered excellent training results to staff working for the UK Home Office, the police and emergency services, NHS, the construction industry, education and the corporate sector.
Richard Dorney MBE, MStJ, MSc
Richard is the founder and a Director of Strongmind. He served 39 years in the British Army. He introduced the Trauma Risk Management System into the Army and was the Non-Clinical subject matter expert for many years. Richard is one of the most experienced TRiM trainers in the UK. He worked with service personnel recovering from injury and was responsible for the development of policy in this area.
He holds an MSc in War and Psychiatry from King’s College London where he is a visiting lecturer and a certificate in psychotraumatology from the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Additionally, he is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention skills and is a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Richard is an experienced welfare officer and has a strong background in training and development. He was made MBE in 2007 and was admitted to the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 2010, he was also awarded a Queens Commendation for Valuable Service for operations in Northern Ireland.
James is a highly knowledgeable and flexible trainer with years of operational experience in a wide range of environments.
He served for over 39 years in the British Army and was one of the most experienced Trauma Risk Management -TRiM trainers in the service. He served as the lead instructor in the British Army TRiM Training Team between 2012 and 2016, where he delivered specialist training to hundreds of personnel all over the world.
He is a fully qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Adult and Youth) and has worked with the US Department of Defence to deliver specialist training in the Middle East around coaching, communications and influence training to senior staff. James has worked with Strongmind to bring specialist Mental Health First Aid and trauma management training to a wide range of public and private sector organisations.
Karen Hart MA
Karen is our communications manager and media expert with over 35 years of experience in news and communications in government, culture, heritage, charities and higher education. Highly experienced in leading successful crisis communications, influencing and inspiring action, and identifying potential for positive outcomes, she is skilled at building confidence for senior staff to master digital engagement.
She had sole responsibility for all home and international media aspects for HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. A qualified journalist with an MA in Public Communications, she has set up and managed press office teams at the Home Office, Metropolitan Police Service and City University. She brings extensive strategic vision to charities and community initiatives, from large-scale national campaigns at Time to Change to local sustainable food for a deprived inner city area.
Mark Kingston MBE, MA, BSc (Hons)
Mark is a highly experienced Trauma Risk Management trainer with 39 years of service in the British Army. He is an expert in course design and holds a BSc (hons) in Forensic Psychology. Mark is a specialist in international humanitarian intervention and soft system analysis with extensive experience of post conflict stabilisation operations. He has participated in major behavioural change projects and has extensive experience in training development in austere environments. Mark was formerly responsible for the delivery of Trauma Risk Management training across the British Army and has delivered training to law enforcement and emergency services personnel.
He is an experienced Welfare Officer and commanded a Personnel Recovery Unit where he was responsible for all aspects of case management, safeguarding and personal development for a significant number of injured and sick personnel. He is a specialist in personnel recovery and resilience and is a dedicated and passionate lecturer of undergraduate and graduate level students, covering a multiplicity of subjects related to Personal Crisis Management.
Chris Collett MSc, PGCE
Chris served for 33 years in the Corps of Royal Engineers and the Educational and Training Services Branch of the British Army amassing experience in the world of training, education and coaching. Since leaving the Army he continues to design and deliver leadership and management programmes to diverse audiences based around organisational and behavioural change. He is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has taught diverse audiences ranging from the construction industry to the Home Office. Chris holds an MSc in Education, Practice and Innovation and PGCE from the University of Southampton which he uses to underpin his research and delivery when constructing courses and developmental programmes. He is also a Chartered Management Institute coach, The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team™ trainer and Everything DiSC ® facilitator. Chris’s focus is on raising awareness and responsibility in those he coaches and facilitates through confronting and challenging behaviours and helping people develop their own solutions.
Sue Dorney MCTHA
Sue is a British Army veteran where she served as an Experimental Assistant in Gunnery. She is the Co-founder and Director of Strongmind Resiliency training with over 30 years of experience in business administration and project management. During the first Gulf War in 1991 she was an Assistant Casualty Visiting Officer and she is very familiar with the stresses experienced by people particularly those in public services. Sue is at the heart of our business where she overseas our quality control strategy, client relationships, sales and accounts. We recognise that efficiency and good administration are vital to our clients and Sue devotes much of her time to collating course feedback for clients and ensuring that our continuous improvement cycle is seamlessly run.
David Blocksidge, MSC, PGCE
David is a highly accomplished teacher, researcher and subject matter expert on memory formation during high stress events. He served for 30 years in the Metropolitan Police providing insight training and expert evaluation of witness error for criminal trials and misconduct hearings. He has presented his research to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Human Rights on two separate occasions, explaining the impact of trauma upon the potential accuracy and consistency of witness evidence.
His critical incident training presentations surrounding memory distortion and perceptual error are keenly sought across the UK and internationally. He currently trains the Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine in addition to UK police forces. As an invited lecturer at Cranfield University and Kings College London, his insight surrounding trauma and critical memory formation helps safeguard both individuals and organisations from the aftermath of legal and media challenges.