Tom Gussie, LAC
Tom Gussie became a member of the Mesa Police Department November 1978 and retired January 2015. During his career, Tom recognized the need to train officers how to effectively deal with individuals in crisis. He became the mental health expert after receiving extensive training. Tom became the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Coordinator for the Mesa Police Department in 2004. Tom conducted four 40-hour training programs each year for the numerous Phoenix Valley police agencies on how to effectively handle individuals in crisis. Tom also travels throughout the State of Arizona teaching mental health classes to law enforcement, behavioral health organizations, and other mental health providers. During his training, Tom specialized in trauma at the Veterans Hospital Tom worked in the Suicide Prevention Clinic and in the Jade/Opal Clinic.
Tom served on the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training board (AZPOST) as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in areas of Mental Health, Suicide, Police Officer Suicide, Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Crisis Intervention, and Excited Delirium.
Tom continues working at Crisis Preparation and Recovery as a licensed Trauma Counselor treating PTS, trauma related issues, and other mental health conditions. Tom continues as a S.W.A.T. Team Negotiator with the Mesa Police Department utilizing his counseling skills dealing with crisis calls.
Tom owns and operates “Tactical Brain Training” and specializes in conducting agency specific training (both classroom and field problems) to police departments and attends to any other presenting training needs or concerns. He responds to officers in crisis, critical incidents, counsels First Responders and/or attends to any other officer need.