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Former 10851 Bus Driver: Sgt. Jeni Gruner

Jeni was employed as a police officer at Patrick Henry High School on Saint Patrick’s Day 2012. On this day she finally realized she needed to address her alcoholism when she commandeered a bus in an attempt to driver herself home. She was subsequently hot stopped and arrested.
Sgt. Jeni Gruner shares her story of alcoholism, blackout drinking and the stigma about asking for help as a First Responder. She talks about how she overcame her addiction through continued recovery and how she made it through the worst struggles in the aftermath of the devastating consequences of alcohol abuse.
Jeni Gruner has been a police officer for the last 22 years. She is a Sergeant with the San Diego Unified School District Police Department and is currently in charge of the Peer Support and Wellness Program. She began her career at the San Diego County Marshal’s Office and then as a Deputy with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. She speaks at the San Diego Regional Academy to new recruits and also at the POST Management School in the area of substance abuse and officer wellness.

Jeni has two wonderful teenagers who keep her very busy with various sports and activities . Jeni has been in recovery and sober for almost 9 years living life in gratitude one day at a time. Jeni enjoys working within the community of law enforcement as a peer supporter and advocate of wellness for police officers.
www.MentalHealthNewsRadio.com
www.positiveconnectionsradio.com
https://www.firstresponder-wellness.com

Fighting Through The Darkest Times in Law Enforcement: Michael Sugrue

Podcast 50: Positive Connections Radio
Fighting Through the Darkest Times in Law Enforcement
Retired U.S. Air Force Captain and Police Sergeant Michael Sugrue joins me again on Positive Connections Radio for my 50th episode.
Michael speaks up about smashing the stigma and going all in to get the help you need. How Command Staff (showing their true leadership abilities) can set the bar and open the doors for officers getting mental health assistance.
Trusting that it is ok to ask for help. Asking for help before it is too late to keep your job and perform your duties once honored and respected with the passion for helping others. How can we help others in these times of chaos when we refuse to admit that we need help ourselves.
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www.positiveconnectionsradio.com

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/

IPSA International Public Safety Association: Dr. Stephen Odom: First Responder Wellness

Podcast 49: Positive Connections Radio
IPSA International Public Safety Association
Dr. Stephen Odom (First Responder Wellness)

Dr. Stephen Odom is a notable healthcare and addiction treatment professional with more than 30 years of expertise in the field. He is the founder and Chief Clinical Officer of First Responder Wellness by Simple Recovery.
He possesses an educational background in organizational behavior, clinical psychology and healthcare administration. This valuable combination allows him to integrate current research knowledge, clinical and administrative practice understanding, and practical, directly relevant experience. Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Covenant College, a Master’s in Experimental Psychology (Univ. of Tennessee), a Master’s in Clinical Psychology (Palo Alto University), and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) with a focus in Healthcare Administration (Capella University). He is also a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California.
Stephen has served in multiple roles during his career, including CEO & Chief Clinical Officer of New Vista Behavioral Health, a Director’s post of Program Development for CRC Health and multiple Administrative and Clinical Director posts at various behavioral health and chemical dependency treatment centers and hospitals in California, including Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and El Camino Hospital in the San Francisco Bay area. Moreover, Stephen served as a university adjunct faculty member in Psychology and Child Development and continues to work in private practice. Dr. Odom has been coined as a wellness and behavioral health expert with peer-reviewed articles published on mental health, substance abuse and technology; was presented the national Behavioral Health Champion award in 2018; has appeared on The Today Show; the 2016 documentary film California High, and multiple print, radio, and podcast media channels.
Dr. Odom’s focus on First Responder Wellness was born of his family’s career backgrounds with the military, healthcare, law enforcement and public safety, and was honed as he created and led specialty programs for physicians, nurses, first responders and their families. In his distinguished and extensive career in behavioral health and addiction treatment, Stephen’s empathetic and therapeutic approach has allowed him to connect not only with his clinical teams but each first responder who walks through the door.
www.MentalHealthNewsRadio.com
www.positiveconnectionsradio.com
www.Firstresponder-Wellness.com

Commander Greg Dean: Glen Waverley Police: Melbourne, Australia

Podcast 48: Positive Connections Radio
Commander Greg Dean. Glen Waverley Police
Melbourne, Australia

Commander Greg Dean is a 30-year police veteran currently working as station commander of Glen Waverley Police Station. Greg was Senior Sergeant of Victoria Police’s Welfare Services who provide 24/7/365 confidential well-being support to all 20,000 Victoria Police as well as their immediate family. We talk about First Responder only retreats, how the attitude about asking for help has changed and how we can combat the fear of asking for help around the globe.
Please contact Commander Greg Dean with any questions or comments:
Greg.Dean@Police.Vic.Gov.AU
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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

“Fighting Naked”: Firefighter, Cop and their Amazing Clinician Wives

Podcast 47: Positive Connections Radio
“Fighting Naked”
Firefighter, Cop and their Amazing Clinician Wives

Tiffany and Shonna along with their husbands Mark and Jason join me for an in-person talk about what it’s like being in a relationship with a First Responder and Clinician. Dealing with stress, communication, self-care, self-help, coping strategies and breaking the stigma. A very unique, valuable, entertaining and informative interview. Find out what Fighting Naked is all about.

Tiffany Atalla-Hernandez LMFT, Therapist for Simple Recovery First Responder Wellness Program, The Counseling Team International and founder of Best Solutions Therapy.

Mark Hernandez, Anaheim Fire Captain. Hazmat and Peer Support Team Member.

Dr. Shonna Hill. Therapist for The Counseling Team International and CISM Clinician.

Jason Hill. Police Officer, Santa Ana Police Department.

www.thecounselingteaminternational.com
www.bestsolutionstherapy.com
www.simplerecovery.com
www.MentalHealthNewsRadio.com
www.positiveconnectionsradio.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

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