Why THIS Incident? Why Some Cases Haunt Us More than Others

Why THIS Incident? Why Some Cases Haunt Us More than Others
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2023-02-09
Unit 1Presentation Materials: Why THIS Incident? Why Some Cases Haunt Us More than Others
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Unit 4Recording: Why THIS Incident? Why Some Cases Haunt Us More than Others

First responders, public safety, and criminal justice professionals are in fields where bad things are inevitable. How individuals react to these traumatic incidents, however, deeply varies. This session explores the factors that shape the experience of trauma, our trauma response, and treatment options to manage the trauma.

This webinar’s speakers are:

  • Brent Richter, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Consultant with over 20 years of law enforcement experience
  • Dennis Conroy, Licensed Psychologist with over 30 years of service in law enforcement
  • Amy Morgan, A mental health professional, and the founder and CEO of Center of Training

Specifics of the discussion are about:

  • How individuals working in law enforcement tend to change from when they started their careers due to loss of innocence and humanity and developing cynicism.
  • How expectations about the job and being able to make a difference in society and people’s lives not being met drive the change and loss of idealism.
  • How much bigger the impact tends to be when the expectations are much bigger, and the value in acknowledging the difference you’re making, no matter how small, to overcome this.
  • A glimpse into the Professional Quality of Life (PROQOL) tool which helps gauge our level of compassion fatigue, burnout, and compassion satisfaction.
  • The critical role of our worldview in determining which incidents impacts us the most.
  • How the consequences of an incident and our tendency to catastrophize and not necessarily the incident that causes the trauma.
  • The importance of a support system to prevent us from really being affected when our worldview is shaken and where exposed to trauma.
  • Extenuating circumstances such as instant connections, identifying with the victim, or knowing the victim that can increase the impact of an event.
  • How our memory is made up of various sensations that are stored all over the body which then allows us to be impacted by trauma and have it manifest across all planes of our existence.
  • The significance of processing our trauma healthily so it does not end up an unprocessed memory that can disrupt human functions.
  • How trauma can build up into cumulative trauma which can be much more difficult to sort out and work through.
  • How the tendency to normalize an abnormal experience may seem like a protective thing but can be more harmful in the long run, have a delayed onset, and become cumulative trauma.
  • How trauma memory begins and is typically processed by the body.
  • The crucial role of peer support in providing immediate support to get individuals with trauma to recover and feel better quicker than it would take if they integrate it by themselves.
  • What is required in peer support dynamics – receptiveness from the person experiencing the trauma, and training, credentials, knowledge and cultural competence for the one providing the support.
  • How peer support can provide solutions to ongoing issues as well as preventative measures on how to best manage and heal from trauma.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is proven effective for symptom relief being used in law enforcement, and the requirement for mental health providers to deliver this method.
  • Other support and treatment options available for those struggling with trauma.
  • The importance of providing immediate support and services and putting an end to the stigma to ensure that professions exposed to trauma get the help needed to alleviate the symptoms they’re struggling with.

Topics raised during the Q&A are about:

  • Referenced studies during the presentation.
  • How to keep on going as both a survivor and advocate when the system continues to fail us.
  • Finding a therapist when barriers are presented by insurance, geography, and conflict of interest.
  • Making EMDR work for you and alternatives to EMDR.



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Audience Comments

  • “Great! Thank you! A much-needed webinar!” — Tracey
  • “That they stressed properly trained professionals in our CULTURE are important. I completely agree and it was nice to have some professionals trained in our culture to say the same.” — Rachel
  • “How the smallest encouragement can make a major difference! You just never know…” — Tenaya N.
  • “The importance of addressing traumas as they happen rather than allowing them to accumulate.” — Tristan
  • “All of the Presenters were compassionate, knowledgeable, and thorough in their delivery of the topic.” — Vivian
  • “The conversation was very real and heartfelt, great discussion and presenters!” — Cecelia
  • “I’ve said “I’m fine” a lot and did not realize it until hearing this presentation. I will reach out to peer support or other resources more often.” — Saul
  • “Excellent webinar on a very important topic. Every day we see TRAUMA.” — Robert



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