Nancy K. Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D.
Nancy K. Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist and trainer, who holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling/Education. She is the Director of The Counseling Team International (TCTI), which is also, The Southern California Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She is a member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), is one of the past presidents of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Psychological Services Section. Nancy is a certified Master Trainer for the QPR Institute focusing on Suicide Prevention and Intervention for first responders. She is also a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), ICEMA for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Peace Officer and Standard in Training (POST) and Standards and Training for Corrections (STC). She is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Departments for Riverside and San Bernardino Valley Community Colleges. She is a frequent guest speaker for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academies.
Dr. Bohl-Penrod is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a technique she uses to help trauma survivors. Dr. Bohl-Penrod is known for her 5-day Basic Peer Support and Critical Incident Stress Management training that The Counseling Team International has taught to over 10,000 first responders throughout the United States and Canada. Nancy’s personal experience over the years has allowed her to develop a personal approach to helping first responder families by providing “Significant Other Survival” (SOS) training.
Nancy has responded to more than 1,000 critical incidents in her career. Some of the major incidents she has responded to, are the ATF incident in Waco, Texas, the TWA Flight 800 disaster in Long Island, New York, the Typhoon disaster in Guam and the Alaska Air Disaster in Los Angeles. She led a team of Mental Health Professionals in assisting those severely impacted by the Terrorist Attacks in New York. While in New York she was sent by the FBI to the Pentagon to provide her services. Her team responded to the California Wildfires of 2003 and they assisted the U.S. Forest Service in the loss of Engine 57 firefighters in the Esperanza Fire of 2006. More recently her team’s services were used for the Big Bear Manhunt (Dorner Case), the Los Angeles International Airport TSA shooting, Seal Beal Beauty Salon shooting, assisted the U.S. Forest Service with the loss of three firefighters in Washington State and recent San Bernardino Terrorist Attack at Inland Regional Center.
Over the past twenty years Nancy has developed over fifty public safety wellness divisions for departments of all sizes through her public safety “Employee Support Services” program. Dr. Bohl-Penrod has written numerous articles and book chapters focusing on mental health issues for police and fire personnel. She recently was on the team who has created an APP to guide public safety peer supporters and supervisors in their endeavor to help each other.