Responder Resilience

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September 21, 2022

CopShock: Normal Reactions to Abnormal Stress | S2 E38

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.

Peer Support Resilience Tools Mental Health And Therapy Law Enforcement

September 14, 2022

Mental Fitness for First Responders and Military | S2 E37

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.

Military Resilience Tools Stress And Burnout

September 07, 2022

Pete & Scott: Crisis Intervention Team | S2 E36

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.

Mental Health And Therapy Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention

August 31, 2022

Trooper Turned Therapist - Tackling Trauma with Timely Tools | S2 E35

Sonny Provetto is a former state trooper, EMDR clinician and a trauma consultant for police departments and emergency responders nationwide.

Ptsd And Emdr Mental Health And Therapy Law Enforcement

August 24, 2022

Last Responder: Matters of Life And Death | S2 E34

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.

Resilience Tools Addiction And Recovery Forensic And Death Investigation

August 17, 2022

The Reality of PTSD When Children Die S2 | E33

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.

Ptsd And Emdr Mental Health And Therapy Stress And Burnout Fire/Arson Investigation

August 10, 2022

Addiction Crisis: Truth, Justice and The Road to Recovery | S2 E32

Michael Van Meter is a well respected Law Enforcement Leader and an Addiction Recovery Expert. In this episode, he talks about the devastating effects of addiction on the public, himself, and his profession. Pulling from personal and professional experience, Michael shares thoughts on this complex, controversial subject.

Law Enforcement Leadership And Command Addiction And Recovery

August 03, 2022

Paramedics Don't Sleep....They Wait | S2 E31

Award-winning paramedic and educator Nick Paproski talks with David about a vital and elusive commodity: SLEEP.

Resilience Tools EMS Sleep

July 27, 2022

Peer Support Network — Opening the Doors to Firefighter Mental Health | S2 E30

This episode features an interview with Doug O'Rourke, a Lieutenant with the Hamden Fire Department, who also serves as the Director of the Connecticut Firefighter Peer Support Network.

Peer Support After Action Reviews CISD-CISM

July 20, 2022

Resiliency in Action, A Leader’s Journey | S2 E29

Pete Elste shares his story of addiction, restructuring his path to recovery, and staying grounded. A resilient leader who has proven that you can achieve anything you put your mind to, Pete is an inspiration for his peers and anyone struggling with addiction who is looking for a resilient role model.

Resilience Tools Law Enforcement Addiction And Recovery

July 15, 2022

Firefighters—Get Fit, Stay Fit! | S2 E28

In this episode, Bonnie and David interview Sara Beckert, National Fire Academy Instructor and founder of First Response Health and Wellness. Firefighters and other responders are constantly at risk for long term injury, and they suffer a higher rate of workplace injury than most US workers. First Response Health and Wellness offers a range of health and wellness programs suited for all first responders with a specific focus on firefighters.

Exercise, Yoga, Reiki

July 10, 2022

How EMDR Works: What You Should Know | S2 E27

First Responder therapists Dr. Stacy Raymond and Bonnie Rumilly, LCSW will be talking about EMDR, a powerfully effective way to take the charge out of stressful memories and reprocess them.

Ptsd And Emdr Resilience Tools Mental Health And Therapy

July 02, 2022

Relentless Courage: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma | S2 E26

Every day, thousands of police officers put themselves at risk to keep others safe. Sgt. Michael Sugrue was one of them. He has been on the front lines of the battle against duty induced trauma since he responded to a fatal officer involved shooting that instantly changed his whole world. Watch to hear Michael's story, and to learn about his book RELENTLESS COURAGE: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma.

Ptsd And Emdr Resilience Tools Mental Health And Therapy Law Enforcement

June 24, 2022

FrontlineCT: Breaking the Mental Health Stigma | S2 E25

We speak with Steven Wilcox Director of Education for FrontlineCT about their first responder peer support program and the stigma around first responder mental health.

Peer Support Mental Health And Therapy EMS

June 18, 2022

Post-Traumatic Transformation: Using Negative Experiences to Help Others | S2 E24

Norm Wielsch was a police officer for 26 years, during which time he saw a lot, made some bad decisions, suffered and overcame opioid addiction and spent time in prison. In this episode Norm talks about how he emerged stronger from his suffering and became a positive force to help in the lives of others.

Spirituality Law Enforcement Addiction And Recovery

June 08, 2022

“Living Blue”-Writing The LEO’s Guide to Resilience and Mental Health | S2 E23

In this episode, we discuss Police Wellness and Resilience, and the soon to be released book "Living Blue" being written by Barbara Rubel and Jason M. Palamara.

Peer Support Resilience Tools Stress And Burnout Retirement And Transitioning Law Enforcement Nypd

June 01, 2022

Never Forget: Lessons Learned at the NY Telephone Fire | S2 E22

Our guests are retired FDNY firefighter Dan Noonan, (first due Irons Man on 3 Truck), and Deputy Assistant Chief of the FDNY Fire Academy Frank Leeb, talking about the historic 1975 New York Telephone company fire, reducing occupational exposure, and the dedication ceremony to honor the sacrifices made by the firefighters at this fire.

Fdny Toxic Exposures And Cancer

May 25, 2022

Energy Healing: Alternative Stress Relief for First Responders | S2 E21

What is Reiki and Shamanic Healing, and how can it benefit first responders? This episode features an interview with energy practitioners Akilah Barr and Deana Pacqua speaking about Reiki, Shamanic Healing and other Alternative Healing Modalities for First Responders. We discuss how energy work is becoming a more common practice for first responders and how their work can be enhanced by energy healing.

Resilience Tools Exercise, Yoga, Reiki

May 18, 2022

​​Functional Medicine: A Natural Path for Responders | S2 E20

This episode features an interview with first responder Dr Ken Hoffman, a functional medicine doctor in practice for 20 years. He is Medical Director of SOPHIA Natural Health Center in Brookfield CT which delivers the most comprehensive scientific, holistic evaluation and treatment that is designed to find, and treat, the root cause of health problems. Ken is a US Army veteran, an active EMT in his town, an Avid Adventure motorcyclist and naturalist.

May 11, 2022

CISD: Helping Responders Cope with Traumatic Events | S2 E19

On this episode, Stacy, Bonnie and David speak with Deputy Chief Bernie Meehan, a veteran of over 400 first responder debriefings. Our topic: Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefings, and how a CISD/CISM debrief can kickstart the healing process.

After Action Reviews CISD-CISM

May 04, 2022

Bulletproof Spirit—Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart

We speak with Dan Willis, a retired police Captain who is an expert on the proven benefits of serving with your heart and acting with compassion in the face of job-related trauma and stress. Dan is a highly regarded expert on the subject of emotional survival and improving spiritual wellness for law enforcement and first responders. HIs award-winning book "Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart," is required reading at the FBI National Academy and is an essential resource for first responders to protect and heal mind and heart, and maintain spiritual wellness.

Resilience Tools Stress And Burnout Spirituality Law Enforcement

April 27, 2022

Yoga for Responders: Powerful Tools for Stress Relief

In this episode, we speak with yoga instructors Wendy Boscia and Steve Zagami. Wendy comes from a family of responders, including her dad and brothers, and Steve is a retired U.S.M.C. Sgt., and FDNY Firefighter.

Resilience Tools Stress And Burnout Exercise, Yoga, Reiki

April 20, 2022

First Responder Addiction Treatment: New Approaches

On this episode, Bonnie and David speak with Michele Giorgianni, First Responder Liaison at Aware Recovery Care and Jason Palamara, Director of Veteran & First Responder Engagement at Forge VFR. Our topic: Substance Abuse Disorder treatments for First Responders.

Retirement And Transitioning Law Enforcement Addiction And Recovery

April 13, 2022

The Spiritual Side of First Responders and Military

In this mini-documentary episode hosted by Dr. Stacy Raymond, we will take a closer look at first responder and military spirituality. Everyone has their own concept of what it means and that's what makes this topic so interesting.

Military Resilience Tools Spirituality

April 07, 2022

2NDGO: Creating Community and Purpose for Veterans and Responders

On this episode, we’ll be speaking with Nick Nunnally, USCG (ret), City of Danbury Firefighter and Plank Owner of 2NDGO.org Nick will be talking about transitioning from one purpose to another and creating a community that lasts after your career is over.

Military Resilience Tools Retirement And Transitioning

March 30, 2022

Building Morale Through Positive, Proactive Leadership

On this episode, we’ll be speaking with John Lynch, Town of Wilton, CT Chief of Police & Emergency Management Director, and Nick Paproski, Director Of ALS Operations at Vintech Management Services, about what you can do to become an engaged, proactive leader.

Peer Support Law Enforcement Leadership And Command EMS

March 25, 2022

Responder Relationships: Challenges and Solutions

Caryn Czarnecki has been married to a career firefighter for twenty years, and will share the many unique challenges that come with being a spouse of a first responder. We’ll review some of the real life issues faced by first responder spouses, with Linda Rost, LCSW.

Relationships And Marriage

March 16, 2022

COPLine: The 24/7 Helpline for Police and Their Families

Guest, Stephanie Samuels, Founder and President of COPLine, a confidential, 24 hour, toll free helpline for law enforcement professionals and their families that is answered by retired police officers. For the past 20 years COPLINE has served as a resource to help law enforcement cope with the stresses of the job.

Peer Support Retirement And Transitioning Law Enforcement

March 09, 2022

K9 First Responders: Connecting in Crisis

In this episode, we speak with Bradford Cole, Executive Director of K9 First Responders, Inc. about Connecting in Crisis: Lessons from the halls of Sandy Hook to the halls of Congress.

Peer Support K9 And Equine Therapy CISD-CISM Sandy Hook Shooting

March 02, 2022

Real Stories: Healing PTSD with EMDR

On this episode of Responder Resilience we hear from a veteran, firefighters, paramedics, police officers and dispatcher who have used EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to overcome traumatic stress.

Ptsd And Emdr Resilience Tools

February 23, 2022

Grace Under Fire - Spirituality In The Trenches

Matt Domyancic, the Tactical Chaplain, offers his modern spiritual approach to help police officers and firefighters who are "in the trenches".

Mental Health And Therapy Spirituality Law Enforcement

February 16, 2022

Family Matters: First Responding to Your Marriage

Family Matters: First Responding to Your Marriage, and Challenges of Firefighter Relationships, with Anne and Captain Mike Gagliano of Seattle Fire Department (Ret.)

Resilience Tools Relationships And Marriage Retirement And Transitioning Spirituality

February 09, 2022

Finding The Right Therapist, When Your Comfort Zone Is Chaos

With Deputy Fire Chief / Paramedic Bernie Meehan Jr., a true icon of emergency services in Connecticut, about Peer Support and Finding an Appropriate Clinician in the “New” Emergency Services.

Ptsd And Emdr Peer Support Resilience Tools Mental Health And Therapy CISD-CISM Fairfield County Trauma Response Team Sandy Hook Shooting Stress And Burnout

February 02, 2022

About Animal Control Officers: Welcome to the Jungle

Guest, Ray Connors, Retired Chief, State of Connecticut Animal Control Unit

Stress And Burnout Animal Control And Hoarding

January 26, 2022

StandFast Alliance: Empowering Our First Responders

Guest, Eve Bucca, Executive Director, FDNY Honorary Battalion Chief, HeartMath Coach and Trainer

Heartmath Fdny 9/11 Military K9 And Equine Therapy Resilience Tools

January 19, 2022

Dispatch - First On Scene, The Forgotten Responders

911 Emergency Dispatcher Craig Tinneny and 31 year veteran Senior Operator Catharine DVileskis

9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Ptsd And Emdr Peer Support Stress And Burnout

January 12, 2022

Support From Superiors - Do They Have Your Back?

In this episode, Dr. Stacy Raymond, Bonnie Rumilly, LCSW/EMT and Lt. David Dachinger (Ret.) talk about Institutional Abandonment in emergency services.

Peer Support Mental Health And Therapy Leadership And Command

January 05, 2022

Story of a Trauma Response Team

Guests, Dawn Roy LCSW and EMDR Therapist, and Captain Jacques Roy speak about the birth of Fairfield County Trauma Response Team.

Ptsd And Emdr Peer Support Mental Health And Therapy Fairfield County Trauma Response Team Sandy Hook Shooting