Penn Resilience Program (PRP) Approach to the Development of a Military Resiliency “Train the Trainer” Initiative

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Penn Resilience Program (PRP) Approach to the Development of a Military Resiliency “Train the Trainer” Initiative

Retired Sergeant Edward Pijuan (US Army)

Dr. Robert J. Cipriano Jr.
Licensed Psychologist in Florida

Register for Two Day Active Shooter, Fort Lauderdale, 12/9-10/2013

Military personnel are faced with a number of challenges in the new millennium.   Without on-going insulation and cultivation of resiliency skills, military personnel have the propensity to succumb to the effects from trauma.

    Resiliency within military personnel is a significant skill set to possess and continue to build throughout one’s career.

This training will provide a venue for insulating and developing resiliency skills with military personnel utilizing the Penn Resilience Program (McBride, Reivich, & Seligman, 2011). This approach is primarily used as a tool to enhancing and developing resiliency in soldiers.

This 8-hour class can be taught as an introductory course or an update for military personnel before and/or following deployment.

Evidence based protective factors such as optimism, effective problem-solving, faith, sense of meaning, self-efficacy, flexibility, impulse control, etc. will be discussed as a core foundation in resiliency (Masten & Reed, 2002).

Specific approaches and techniques are used to train military personnel to prepare for the demands of the profession as well as the effects from traumatic based exposures.

Penn Resilience Program (PRP) Approach
to the Development of a Military Resiliency
“Train the Trainer” Initiative

1-day, 8-hours

Time: 8:30AM – 4:30 PM

for class registration or any questions
contact Dr. Robert Cipriano
phone  (305) 528-7309

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Penn Resilience Program (PRP) Approach
to the Development of a Military Resiliency
“Train the Trainer” Initiative

    1. I.      Overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    1. II.      3 Components to Resilience
    1. III.      Evidence based protective factors that contribute to resilience
    1. IV.     Preparation Phase
    1. V.      Recognizing an  Activating Event and the Belief Associated with it
    1. VI.     Thinking traps such as Overgeneralization;  Icebergs
    1. VII.    Stigma and & what it causes
    1. VIII.   Confirmation Bias
    1. IX.     MinimizatIion of Catastrophic Thoughts
    1. X.      Suicide Prevention and Intervention
    1. XI.     3 Step Approach to minimizing and managing such thoughts
    1. XII.    Cultivating gratitude
    1. XIII.    Identify character strengths
    1. XIV.  Strengthening relationships


 2 Day Active Shooter Training Seminar


 Post-Traumatic Stress (6 CEs)


PTSD Response for Public Safety Personnel Inclusive of Military


 Active Shooter Seminar


Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention, Stress Management


Penn Resilience Program (PRP) Approach to the Development of a Military Resiliency “Train the Trainer” Initiative

The Instructors

Dr. Robert J. Cipriano Jr

Dr. Robert J. Cipriano Jr., has been working with the community professionally within the field of psychology for 21 years. His undergraduate training in psychology was completed at Florida State University and he successfully completed a doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in clinical psychology at Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida. He completed his doctoral internship at one of the largest state hospitals that housed the “criminally insane” within the Central United States. He currently owns and has developed his training and consulting business, SIMCIP GROUP Forensic-Psychological Consultants, located in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Dr. Cipriano is currently a Florida Licensed Psychologist and for approximately the past decade worked as a police psychologist for Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD). In that role he served as a consultant for the Special Response Team (SRT -Also known as SWAT) and provided expert training and developed strategies for effectively working with and understanding the “criminal mind.” He assisted the team in gaining insight and managing individuals who suffered from severe mental illness and who were in crisis. Additionally, he provided critical support to the crisis negotiation team when they were faced with crisis situations, hostages, career criminals, and barricaded subjects who posed a threat for police and the community at large. He has responded to 170 crisis negotiation callouts in Miami-Dade County where he assisted the Special Response Team as an operational psychologist.

His area of specialization includes utilizing his clinical skills operationally to target the spectrum of trauma and violence out in the field. Such experience entails educating police, the military veteran, and the civilian population on the psychological effects from trauma as well as understanding and managing aspects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-recognizing signs and symptoms of the disorder, how it manifests, and how to work and interact with those who may suffer from it. He has worked with several hundred Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s) and military personnel who have suffered from the effects of post-trauma stress reactions. Dr. Cipriano has responded to well over a 100 Officer-Involved-Shootings (OIS) and has conducted critical incident stress debriefings for officers within the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe County areas.

Dr. Cipriano offers expert training in understanding the psychological dynamics and warning signs of active shooters, school shooters, school place violence, and bully behavior. Dr. Cipriano has developed a clinical curriculum to target, intervene, and potentially prevent such acts along this specific spectrum of aggression. His knowledge, experience, and expertise will be passed on to parents, educational institutions, administrators, law enforcement agencies, and youth programs on a national, state, and local level.

Captain Michael Angelica

Michael Angelica is a retired police captain with over 30 years of law enforcement experience from one of the largest police departments within the Southeastern United States. During his career within the Miami-Dade Police Department, he served over 20 years in the Tactical Operation Section. He was assigned to the Special Response Team (SRT), as an officer for eight years and worked in every position on the team. When he was promoted to sergeant, he was selected for SRT’s training sergeant and filled that position for four years until he was promoted to lieutenant. In his reassignment as a lieutenant, he took over the Dignitary Protection Unit and training lieutenant position for an additional four years. When Mike was promoted to captain, he was assigned as the Tactical Operation Section Commander for four years. His responsibilities included the management of the operations of SRT, Bomb Squad, Canine Unit, Critical Incident Management Unit and the Department Chemical Agent Coordinator.

During Mike’s career assigned to Tactical Operations, he has been involved in the operational phase of executing and managing over a thousand high-risk search warrants and hundreds of SRT call-outs involving barricaded subjects, hostage situations, suicides, dignitary protection, aircraft high-jacking, and high-risk takedowns. Mike’s experience also includes ten years of operational duties in a District working as an officer and supervisor in the following assignments of road patrol, crime suppression team, crime prevention unit and priority service unit.

Mike ended his career serving as the Captain, Executive Officer for South District. His duties included the daily operations of South District for calls-for-service, investigations, enforcement, community concerns, budget and the management of over 200 personnel assigned to the district. Mike also served four years with the United States Marine Corps.

Retired Sergeant Edward Pijuan

Retired Sergeant Edward Pijuan is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement service that includes providing 26 years of U.S. military service with the U.S. Army Special Forces National Guard, serving our country in deployments such as Operation Enduring Freedom and other international deployments; providing 16 years of first line supervision; and providing 10 years of investigative experience for the Miami-Dade Police Department.

He has provided 3 years of full- time supervisory tactical duties for the Special Response Team (SRT also known as SWAT) serving high risk search warrants as a tactical professional and handling tactical operations for the Miami-Dade Police Department. He is currently a Team Leader for the Crisis Negotiator Team of SRT, providing critical support to the crisis negotiator team when faced with crisis situations, hostages, career criminals, and barricaded subjects who posed a threat for law enforcement and the community at large.

He was awarded an outstanding record of supervisory performance running the spectrum of law enforcement operations. Retired Sgt. Pijuan has an abundance of long-term investigative experience involving conducting in-depth interviews, evidence gathering, and assimilating within a team environment. He has an extensive background in Special Forces operations at the operational detachment/team level.

Military Awards and Accolades include:

  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Army Commendation Medals
  • Joint Unit Commendation
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • National Defense Medals

Law Enforcement Awards and Accolades include:

  • Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Award for Police Services
  • Hispanic Police Officer Association Officer of the Year
  • Dade Chiefs Officer of the Month
  • Citizens Advisory Council Officer of the Month
  • Silver Medal of Valor
  • Exceptional Service Award
  • Numerous commendations for various interactions

Event Contacts:

Class Content: Dr. Robert Cipriano, at


SIMCIP’s Active Shooter class merges both the behavioral sciences & the appropriate law enforcement preparations & actions needed to potentially mitigate such a threat!