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Rescue to Recovery: The Rebuttal

The onslaught of harassing, ignorant, hateful, and incorrect backlash that every podcaster received who had Tracey Brown on their shows was immense. People targeted our network, our podcasters, their families, our employee’s families with wild assumptions that had a questionable basis of truth. We did not know Tracey Brown before the interview but we certainly stand with her and against bullying and harassment of anyone. Today’s show is about what happened after we aired her episode and we speak for all the other incredible podcasters, radio hosts, booksellers, and anyone else that became a target of hate after interviewing her. This isn’t even about Tracey Brown. This is about vitriol, hate, harassment, and other illegal activities, as well as, pulling in our United States Coast Guard to a mess that maligns this incredible institution.

Tracey Brown is a United States Coast Guard Veteran 1983-1987 QM3. She wore many hats as most Coast Guard men and women did in those days. She would be a firefighter one day, a small boat crew swimmer another. The Quartermaster rating in the USCG specializes in navigation. Even before understanding the extent of how the characteristics of PTSD had affected her personal life, Tracey was educated as a Director of Physical Rehabilitation and has been working for over twenty-five years in the field. The last decade has been dedicated to specialized work in pain reduction via scar tissue therapy. This is where she began to realize the “lostness” and confusion PTSD can create. She hopes to help not only the helpers, heroes, and warriors get beyond the stigma of PTSD but for all that have endured stress after trauma and hopes to help further the conversation and understanding of Post-traumatic Stress.

http://www.rescuetorecovery.com/

Deconstructing the Mental Health of First Responders During Civil Unrest

Join Kristin and Christy as they talk about how civil unrest is impacting our first responders. Christy is the host of one of our network podcasts, Firefighter Deconstructed.

Christy Warren is a retired Fire Captain from the Berkeley (California) Fire Department. She has twenty-five years of service as a professional paramedic, with seventeen years as a professional firefighter. She was diagnosed with PTSD in 2014 and spent several years recovering. Since retiring from the fire service, she has completed a triathlon, the Escape From Alcatraz swim, and a bachelor’s degree in business from Washington State University. She is a volunteer at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat and works as a substitute teacher at Juvenile Hall in Martinez. She lives in Pleasant Hill, California with her wife Lisa and her dog Harriet.

https://firefighterdeconstructed.com/

Rescue to Recovery with Tracey Brown

Kristin and Tracey talk about how physical pain and trauma lives in your tissues and can have a negative impact on your mental health unless you root it out! Tracey Brown is a United States Coast Guard Veteran 1983-1987 QM3. She wore many hats as most Coast Guard men and women did in those days. She would be a firefighter one day, a small boat crew swimmer another. The Quartermaster rating in the USCG specializes in navigation. Even before understanding the extent of how the characteristics of PTSD had affected her personal life, Tracey was educated as a Director of Physical Rehabilitation and has been working for over twenty five years in the field. The last decade has been dedicated to specialized work in pain reduction via scar tissue therapy. This is where she began to realize the “lostness” and confusion PTSD can create. Her hope is to help not only the helpers, heroes and warriors get beyond the stigma of PTSD but for all that have endured stress after trauma and hopes to help further the conversation and understanding of Post-traumatic Stress.

www.rescuetorecovery.com

The Cop Doc: Ellen Kirschman

Ellen and Kristin discuss her work with first responders and her popular mystery series about Police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff.

About Ellen Kirschman:

People call me the cop doc. I’ve been a clinical psychologist far longer than I’ve been a mystery writer. My specialty is treating first responders, cops and fire fighters who are suffering with work-related traumatic stress. My protagonist, police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is a spunky, 50 plus year old who takes orders from no one, including her chief. I named her after my mother and grandmother. Dot and I share some traits, but we’re definitely not the same. She’s younger, thinner, investigates crimes when she should be counseling cops and has some skills I don’t need: breaking and entering, impersonating a public official, and assault with a deadly weapon. Too dedicated for her own good, not to mention stubborn, impulsive, and full of self-doubt, Dot never gives up on anyone which is important because cops are difficult clients. They hate reaching out for help because it makes them feel weak and they don’t trust outsiders, especially “shrinks.”

I started my writing career with non-fiction and I’m still at it. Along the way I’ve earned awards from The California Psychological Association for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and the American Psychological Association for Outstanding Contribution to Police and Public Safety Psychology.

After my third book, I began to wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to make things up. It isn’t. In fact it’s harder although it’s more fun because it gives me the opportunity to take pot shots at nasty cops, unethical psychologists and a few of my ex-husbands.

I’m a transplanted New Yorker. I’ve been living in Northern California since the summer of love. When I’m not writing, teaching, or volunteering as a clinician at the First Responders Support Network, I’m at the gym, in the kitchen, or traveling. I blog at Psychology Today, serve on the Northern California board of Mystery Writers of America, and belong to Sisters-in-Crime, Public Safety Writers Association, The American Psychological Association, and psychological services section of The Association of Chiefs of Police.

www.ellenkirschman.com

Accelerated Resolution Therapy: Out of Trauma

Barry and Kristin discuss what we referred to as EMDR on steroids: Accelerated Resolution Therapy with counselor Prairie Conlon. ART was developed in 2008 by Laney Rosenzweig, LMFT. As a mental health clinician, Laney was trained and proficient in multiple treatment modalities, including EMDR. She quickly appreciated the therapeutic value of eye movements but also recognized the need to modify how they are used and integrated with other techniques. She created treatment protocols that are directive, standardized and easy to apply to different conditions. The genesis of ART involved integrating elements from different therapies in a unique and more effective way. We discuss on this show why this method of helping us with our trauma is in high demand during the Coronavirus outbreak.

www.acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com

Barry Toone is one of the founders of Stepstone Connect, an online counseling platform dedicated to supporting our first responders.

www.stepstoneconnect.com

Prairie Conlon is a psychotherapist that works with first responders and utilizes animals in her therapeutic practice. She is also the host of the podcast The Animal Effect on Mental Health News Radio Network.

One Man’s Journey Through Trauma with Chris Fields

Listen in as Barry Toone and Kristin speak with Chris Fields about his mental health journey.

Chris served over 31 years with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, promoting through the ranks he retired as a Major in 2017. Chris was captured in a photo that became an iconic symbol of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 when he was cradling the body of 1yr old Baylee Almon.

Chris discusses the brutal realities of a life spent responding to citizens in their darkest hours. Routinely placing others before himself and representing the greater good in all of us. Chris tells a story of his life, his 31 years of public service and how that day in 1995 all combined to take a toll on his life and his family, he suffered in silence for many years.

Now he shares how he took control and his journey out of the suffering in hopes of helping other first responders avoid the failure, the pitfalls and to reach out.

www.chrisfields.org

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