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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Matthew Hunsinger, PhD


For several decades stigma surrounding mental illness has been an issue, with few answers regarding how to reduce this stigma. Different training programs for first responders have been created to assist with the reduction of stigma over the last several years. This study examined Crisis Intervention Training that followed the Memphis model to explore if the training assisted in reducing stigma. In the present study, responses on a survey administered in 2016 from first responders were examined to see if Crisis Intervention Training was affective at reducing stigma around mental illness. This research found a slight reduction in stigma after the training was complete. Limitations and future directions for research are discussed.