Rick C. Mathews, Director
Lori Percle, Assistant Director
February 10, 2014
What happens when you put a group of former and current Law Enforcement Officers and first responders with a group of actors? They play Cops and Robbers! (Well, sort of.)
The Training Role Player Workshop delivered on the 27th of January was designed to bring together the NCSP and New York State Preparedness Training Center's (SPTC) Training Roles Players for classes on acting, makeup and moulage, safety, and medical injury information. The Training Role Player Workshop is part of the NCSP and SPTC's continuous effort to evolve training development and delivery as part of building a world-class training center.
The acting classes were led by Training Role Player Coach Dr. Marijean Levering who was assisted by Makeup and Moulage Artist Will Lanfear and Training Role Player Coach Paul Boehlert. Marijean, Will, and Paul are professionals from the local area and have extensive backgrounds in theater and film.
-Marijean Levering, PhD
Role Player Coach, NCSP
Dr. Levering's class focused on three major concepts: realistic reactions, relationships, and escalating reactions. An example of a realistic reaction is a patient who has had a bone severely broken might naturally change their body language and positioning to protect that broken bone. The second part, relationships, dealt with how role players interact to add more depth to each scenario; the reaction of a mother of an injured child is going to vastly vary from that of a concerned friend of an injured patient. The last part of Dr. Levering's instruction discussed the need and ability to escalate a reaction. If a student makes a certain decision, the training role players must act accordingly within their roles, often escalating a reaction, which in turn gives students consequence-based learning that mirrors what would happen in a real situation.
Will Lanfear leads the makeup and moulage program that adds significant depth to the visual element of scenario-based training: the component that makes students pause because their brain and eyes are telling them this is real. Under Lanfear's tutelage, Training Role Players were educated on basic moulage applications and touch-ups during scenarios. This allows for more flexibility in injuries, total number of injured, and functions as a force multiplier by increasing the breadth and quality of training scenarios.
Jayson Kratoville, NCSP Chief of Staff
Training Role Players also received instruction on safety and weapons handling. To have a high quality training center, safety must be paramount and the Training Role Players are a crucial part of the Safety Program.
Dr. Joe Bart, an emergency medical physician from Buffalo, NY, provided tremendous insight into medical injuries with his class. Dr. Bart helped define and explain the often confusing medical terminology and break down in detail the expected physiological reactions of the most common injuries and how to act them out. Dr. Bart also went on to explain how the condition of an injured person can change over the course of a scenario, especially if left unrecognized and untreated. The evolution of an injury is essential for consequence-driven scenarios, and the NCSP and SPTC are continuing to educate Training Role Players about the medical side of acting.
The workshop was well received and is expected to be delivered on a semi-annual basis for all members of the NCSP/SPTC Training Role Player program.