Richard has served in civilian law enforcement for over twenty years. He currently serves as a lieutenant at a police agency in Oregon and has extensive experience in patrol operations and criminal investigations. Through his education and experience, he has developed a training specialization in first responder resiliency and human performance (operations and leadership). Over the last decade, Richard has spearheaded the introduction of mindfulness training into policing in the United States as part of a larger cultural transformation toward a compassionate, skillful and resilient warrior ethos.
Richard has served as a member of the United States Coast Guard for 27 years, both active and reserve, and retired in 2015 at the rank of Commander while assigned to Coast Guard Sector Charleston, SC. His early active-duty tours include serving as a deck watch officer and law enforcement officer aboard a high endurance cutter, and as an instructor at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy. He left active-duty to pursue a civilian police career. After September 11, 2001 he was recalled to active-duty for two years serving as an intelligence officer. Later, he had the privilege of serving as a strategic planner during the nation’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill within the National Incident Command at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Richard is a co-investigator in ongoing National Institutes of Health funded research on the impact of mindfulness training for police officers. He holds an affiliate assistant professor appointment at Pacific University in the Graduate School of Psychology. Richard also holds an adjunct faculty position at Portland Community College and Portland State University. He is also a trainer with the Drucker School of Management, part of the Claremont Graduate University, where he trains public safety leadership grounded in mindfulness practices.
He is committed to bringing mindfulness practices to first responders who suffer from compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, acute and chronic stressors. He leads mindfulness workshops for first-responders around the country, and has authored several articles on the topic.
Richard will bring expertise around neuroscience, human performance, positive psychology, health and well-being combined experiential training in awareness, breathing, and attention skills through mindfulness meditation and body movement. Participants will gain formal and informal mindfulness skills to integrate into the rhythms of their lives, both personal and professional.
Richard Goerling is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator (CMF) through the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of Los Angeles with extensive experience training law enforcement officers.