Public safety leaders made critical decisions to seek help for their personnel on the day of the December 2, 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack. More importantly, they knew it was necessary to offer these services to all personnel involved. Drs. Nancy Bohl-Penrod and Kathleen Wellbrock discuss deployment of their command post to begin the process […]
Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod was invited by California Sheriff Magazine to discuss how anger can affect public safety personnel — both on and off the job. She begins, “To our law enforcement personnel and their families, please understand that anger is a normal emotion. It is caused by grief, frustration or tragic situations where you feel […]
The Counseling Team International Shares Tips for Self-Care In review, 2016 was extremely demanding at all levels of public safety. First responders may look back and notice the emotional and physical toll they felt from: civil unrest officers lost in the line of duty, and, many unspeakable responses. But ask a law enforcement officer, firefighter, […]
He said it was the worst call he had ever experienced. But it was also the best moment of Mike’s* career when help arrived to help him cope. Without warning, this firefighter was involved in a fatal traffic accident while responding to a medical aid. As Mike says, “I was helpless, there was no room to avoid the accident.”
First responders help ordinary citizens in extraordinary ways.
But who helps them?
In a recent article from the San Bernardino Sun, “For San Bernardino terror attack first responders, healing is ongoing,” officers commented on the support they received and the impact on their lives.
Some officers in this article said they appreciated the mental health services provided, on scene or through their EAP, while others said they prefer working with a Peer Support Team.