In this episode, we’ll be speaking with trauma expert and author of the book CopShock, Allen Kates, about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and how to survive it by employing resiliency techniques.
Can we exercise the mind to build mental fitness? Yes, says performance expert Erik Leslie from Modern Mindfulness. Erik has trained professionals in the world’s toughest careers (first responders, Special Forces and Apache Pilots) with simple ways to become present in high-stress situations.
Crisis Intervention Team coordinator Peter Elste works closely with Crisis Intervention Clinician Scott Alvord on the Danbury Police Crisis Intervention Team. Together, they respond to calls involving mental and behavioral issues to help connect people to available services.
Sonny Provetto is a former state trooper, EMDR clinician and a trauma consultant for police departments and emergency responders nationwide.
Katharine Pope is a renowned Forensic Investigator and Crime Scene Specialist, whose resilient career and path through PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorder is remarkable. Pope shares how she was able to overcome betrayal trauma, burnout and alcohol use to ultimately continue her forensics career working on the missing and unidentified persons crisis.
Throughout his 46 year career as a Fire Captain and Investigator, Patrick Wills had seen more than his share of trauma and death, but it wasn’t until he responded to a tragic fire that claimed the lives of three young sisters that he unknowingly descended into total PTSD.
Dr. Stacy Raymond is a Clinical Psychologist, and is an approved EMDR and trauma specialist. She specializes in working with First Responders and Military Veterans. Stacy created Responder Wellness Inc—a non-profit charity for EMS, Police & Fire. Stacy co-leads a weekly Peer Support Meeting for first responders, along with Bonnie Rumilly.
Bonnie Rumilly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of Adults, Adolescents, Children and First Responders. Bonnie worked in Newtown treating Trauma directly after the Sandy Hook School Shootings and is an EMDR therapist. A Board Member of the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team, Inc., which treats First Responders for PTSD and Trauma, Bonnie is also a 21-year Emergency Medical Technician.
Producer and Co-Host
David Dachinger is a retired Fire Lieutenant with over 21 years as a leader in emergency services. He has written department policy, taught fire and rescue training and created wellness initiatives. As a fire officer, he frequently worked as Shift Commander and Incident Commander.