Center for Domestic Preparedness and Leadership

The College of Professional and Liberal Studies (CPLS) at Saint Joseph’s University has relaunched the former Early Responders Distance Learning Center (ERDLC) as the newly enhanced Center for Domestic Preparedness and Leadership (CDPL) to better meet the demands both regionally and nationally to prevent and respond to disasters of all kinds.

CPLS and SJU provide an essential foundation to offer not-for-credit training and certification for public and private sector professionals in leadership roles who are responsible for ensuring safety for their respective agencies and organizations. Building on the history, reputation and established relationships of the former ERDLC as a regional leader in crisis training, the new CDPL will provide:

  • Certificate programs and not-for-credit training to professionals in the general public on subjects relative to domestic preparedness for hazards including prevention, planning, response and recovery.
  • A training and educational resource to government and private agencies as well as sustained operations and commitment to existing clients.
  • Identification and discussion of emerging threats through forums and summits that promote ethical, safe, and effective leadership during emergencies and critical situations.

The measures developed and implemented by those who have participated in CDPL training have led ground-breaking initiatives that have protected vital business lines, promoted community building and protected the lives of thousands. 

“The CDPL recognizes and values the public and private partnerships forged with corporate and regional leaders who are forward-thinking in their approach to meeting the contemporary challenges of providing security for our local, regional and national communities,” Director, Patricia Griffin. “Our main purpose and mission at the CDPL is to provide the continuing training and networking opportunities to support the immense work of our valued partners.”

The work and accomplishments of the Center since its beginning in 1999 have been appreciable on several fronts.  Beyond providing service and support to the women and men in emergency response and law enforcement fields  during periods of extreme and historic levels of crisis, it has been at the forefront of developing new and emergent techniques in distance learning. 

For more information about the CDPL, contact CPLS at 610-660-1267.