Each day, our first responders go to work on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a safe and secure place for us to coexist in this new normal. Traumatic scenarios are nothing new to first responders, but the pandemic increases those scenarios in both frequency and intensity. Today, first responders are working in an environment that differs significantly from anything traditional training addresses. More than that, first responders increase their risk of exposing family, loved ones and colleagues to a potentially deadly disease by just doing their jobs.
In addition to protecting everyone else, first responders carry the emotional load that comes with operating within a pandemic state. This can lead to a psychological condition known as vicarious trauma.
Vicarious trauma is a state of distress resulting from a person’s continuous exposure to trauma experienced by others. It can be emotionally paralyzing and leave first responders struggling to perform duties that are both learned and instinctive, rendering them unable to protect themselves and others.
Join us for an insightful webinar during which industry experts will discuss ways that public safety leaders can recognize and mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma.
View the webinar recording to:
- Learn what vicarious trauma is and how to recognize signs in yourself, staff and colleagues
- Gain timely and valuable insights from Chiefs on the frontline of the pandemic addressing these issues daily, as well as expert advice from an industrial psychologist with experience counseling and addressing trauma in the workplace
- Understand ways to support your personnel through this unprecedented time characterized by trauma, stress and uncertainty
- Leave with tools and techniques that you can apply immediately to promote a healthy mindset and coping mechanisms to better navigate this and future crises
- Explore ways to create an environment where it’s okay to talk about the stress, ask for help, give voice to feelings and provide support mechanisms to keep each other emotionally and physically healthy and resilient
- Marcia K. Thompson, Esq., Vice President, Law Enforcement Consulting, Hillard Heintze, a Jensen Hughes company
- Chief Carmen Best, Seattle Police Department
- Deputy Superintendent Barbara West, Chicago Police Department
- Dr. Troy Coleman, Coleman & Associates